17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  2​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna
— 6 nights
Fly:  1​h
5
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: Bucharest

2
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 25th (Wed), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Abhayasekararama Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour.

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Bucharest, Romania to Negombo is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Bucharest to Negombo. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Bucharest in December, with highs in Negombo at 36°C and lows at 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Fishing Charters & Tours
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Udawattekele Sanctuary and World Buddhist Museum. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning site .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Negombo to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): trek along Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail and then stroll through Horton Plains National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Kirigalpoththa Hike and then get outside with Devil's Staircase.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Ohiya
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kirigalpoththa Hike ©
Kirigalpoththa Hike
Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail ©
Horton Plains Kalupahana Trail

6
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You'll get in some beach time at Beruwala Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Church and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Fishing Charters & Tours (in Mirissa) and Narigama Beach (in Hikkaduwa).

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna online tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Beruwala Beach, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Dutch Canal and then catch a ride with Wicky Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, stop by Selyn, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Negombo route planner.

You can fly from Unawatuna to Negombo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Transportation Scenic Drive Tours
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Wicky Tours ©
Wicky Tours
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Dutch Fort ©
Dutch Fort

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