12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Unawatuna
— 1 night
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
taxi:  4​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
train:  6​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h 30​min
6
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo sightseeing planning website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Colombo is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Johannesburg in December since evenings lows in Colombo dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Sri Lanka Air Force Museum ©
Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

1
night
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna holiday planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Unawatuna Beach ©
Unawatuna Beach

2
nights
Unawatuna

Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church and then stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. On your second day here, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Matara Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna itinerary planner .

You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Saint Mary's Church, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Matara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
You've now added Flying Ravana Mega Zipline to your itinerary. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, and then trek along Nature Trail Ella.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ella online route maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. On the 18th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Flying Ravana Mega Zipline ©
Flying Ravana Mega Zipline

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.
You've now added Kandy Garrison Cemetery to your itinerary.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Negombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Main Fish Market.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Negombo trip app .

Getting from Kandy to Negombo by combination of flight and bus takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Adventure Wildlife
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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