19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  25​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Seattle

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, stroll around Galle Face Green, and take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colombo visit planner.

Seattle, USA to Colombo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Seattle to Colombo, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Seattle in February, with highs in Colombo at 89°F and lows at 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, make a trip to Kandy view point, and learn more about the world around you at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy route planner .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Harbour & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
When in Ella, make a side trip to see Hakgala Botanic Gardens in Nuwara Eliya, approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ella holiday site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Hakgala Botanic Gardens
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
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 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park travel planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 72°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

4
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mihintale (in Anuradhapura), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

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Getting from Yala National Park to Sigiriya by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for home on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Mihintale, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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