20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Mirissa
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kalametiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: Perth


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2
nights
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 8th (Sat): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and finally add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo sightseeing planning tool .

Perth, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Perth in February since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, then make a trip to Sri Muthumariamman Temple, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark’s Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Spas

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, then stop by Dress Palace, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Polhena Beach, enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Mirissa holiday maker .

Getting from Ella to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sella Kataragama Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kumana National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Mirissa to Yala National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Kumana National Park
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Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kalametiya route planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Kalametiya. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planner .

You can drive from Kalametiya to Galle in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse and then explore the galleries of Indika Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Rekawa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Galle to Rekawa takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will leave for home on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

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