20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Nanjing
Subway + Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Train:  31​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
5
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Train:  30​min
6
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + Subway:  33​h 30​min
End: Nanjing

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colombo Fort, Seema Malakaya Temple, Colombo National Museum, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo journey planning website .

Nanjing, China to Colombo is an approximately 12-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nanjing to Colombo is minus 2 hours. In January, Colombo is much hotter than Nanjing - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Spas Museums Historic Sites
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ExSerendib Ayurveda Cure & Therapy ©
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Mirisaveti Stupa, Ranmasu Uyana, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): contemplate the long history of Yapahuwa Rock Fortress and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura vacation planner.

Getting from Colombo to Anuradhapura by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

3
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 27th (Mon): stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
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.
Udawalawe National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Ravana's Cave, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Matara Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Art Batiks. Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, admire the natural beauty at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mirissa day trip planning tool .

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 January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Unawatuna

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Unawatuna Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna day trip planner.

Unawatuna is very close to Mirissa. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Galle Fort
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Spas & Wellness

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mount Lavinia Beach, St Anthony's Shrine, Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, and other attractions. On the 5th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, look for gifts at Urban Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, then stroll around Galle Face Green, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Colombo holiday planning website .

Traveling by train from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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