20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Guadalajara
Fly:  34​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  36​h
End: Guadalajara

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & DIANA Souvenirs). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, and see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Colombo day trip site .

Guadalajara, Mexico to Colombo is an approximately 34-hour flight. Traveling from Guadalajara to Colombo, you'll lose 11 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Guadalajara, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Jayawardanapura City
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Ella is known for nature, spas, parks, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, make a trip to Demodara Loop, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ella itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): look for gifts at Dress Palace, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Snake Farm
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 12th (Thu), enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Galle National Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Galle road trip planner.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Dhilip De Alwis
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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