20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
bus:  2 h
3
Sigiriya
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
6
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Train:  45 min
7
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Zagreb

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colombo Fort Railway Station as well as Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): make a trip to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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Zagreb, Croatia to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Zagreb in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Fri) before leaving for Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque
Colombo Fort Railway Station ©
Colombo Fort Railway Station

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary and then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kandy day trip tool .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
day
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.
On the 11th (Tue), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find photos, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip website .

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.
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Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Kandy

Kandy
To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella online attractions planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. You will leave for Mirissa on the 14th (Fri).
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Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
We've included these beaches for you: Mirissa Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Dress Palace, cast your line with a fishing tour, and explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Tangalle
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Saffron Robes) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach).

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Unawatuna is very close to Mirissa. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for the train ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Bentota, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the historical opulence of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.

Before you visit Colombo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

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