20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Guadalajara
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  34 h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 3 nights
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
Fly + Taxi:  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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Negombo Beach & DIANA Souvenirs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Independence Square, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel route builder site.

Guadalajara, Mexico to Colombo is an approximately 32- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 11.5 hour difference. Traveling from Guadalajara in March, you will find days in Colombo are a bit warmer (38°C), and nights are much warmer (29°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Jayawardanapura City
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Colombo to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): stop by Dress Palace, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary site.

Getting from Ella to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll through Bentota Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa sightseeing tool.

Drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough 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.
On the 14th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Galle National Museum and then stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galle itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Galle takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, gain insight at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy journey planner.

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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