20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 2 nights
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Bentota
— 1 day
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Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 1 night
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
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Ella
— 2 nights
7
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
8
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Negombo Beach, make a trip to Dutch Fort, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, then walk around Galle Face Green, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

Before you visit Colombo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Colombo, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Dubai in September; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

1
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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 9th (Mon), stop by Lunuganga, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Bentota trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colombo to Bentota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

3
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.
Attractions like Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Hikkaduwa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Sea Turtle Hatchery in Ambalangoda (about 52 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip planner.

You can drive from Bentota to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In September, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

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Getting from Hikkaduwa to Kandy by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Mirissa Beach
Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 17:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then stroll through Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon.

To find out how to plan a trip to Arugam Bay, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 23rd (Mon), relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, then experience rural life at Ambewela Farms, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 25:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Ambewela Farms ©
Ambewela Farms

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