12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Ella
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Ella
— 3 nights
Fly
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Fly to Warsaw

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Ella

— 3 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Get in touch with nature at Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Honey Bee Garden and Mini Adams Peak. Step out of Ella to go to Koslanda and see Diyaluma Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

Warsaw, Poland to Ella is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Warsaw to Ella, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can fly to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Unawatuna

— 4 nights
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.
Get outdoors at Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beruwala Beach and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Narigama Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna trip planner.

You can fly from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama

— 4 nights
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Get outdoors at Udawalawe National Park and Off-Road Tours. Kids will appreciate attractions like Safaris and Kirinda Viharaya. Step out of Tissamaharama to go to Weligatta and see Bundala National Park, which is approximately 44 minutes away.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Tissamaharama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 20th (Mon), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.