20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— Few hours
train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Dikwella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mirissa
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
7
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

few
hours
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.
To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip planner .

Cape Town, South Africa to Negombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Cape Town to Negombo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Cape Town in November: high temperatures in Negombo hover around 35°C and lows are around 27°C. You will leave for Kandy on the 29th (Fri).

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder app .

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 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
On the 1st (Sun), explore the activities along Gregory Lake, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, then admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Horton Plains National Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, and then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya day trip planning website .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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 Ella Rock to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ella online day trip planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Dikwella

Dikwella ©
Hiriketiya Beach has been added to your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Dikwella to Dondra to see Dondra Head Lighthouse about 30 minutes away.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Dikwella day trip planning app .

You can drive from Rekawa to Dikwella in an hour. In December in Dikwella, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 9th (Mon), you're off toMirissa.

Things to do in Dikwella

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Dondra Head Lighthouse, Hiriketiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Blow Hole Hummanaya ©
Blow Hole Hummanaya
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You've now added Weligama Beach to your itinerary. Take a break from Mirissa with a short trip to Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Polhena Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mirissa trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Dikwella to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna trip itinerary planner.

Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Mirissa. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner .

Traveling by train from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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