19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Rekawa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Warsaw


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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 traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder .

Warsaw, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 12-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Warsaw to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Warsaw in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. You will leave for Sigiriya on the 1st (Wed).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

2
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.
On the 1st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
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 3rd (Fri): explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Kandy view point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

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You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 6th (Mon), you're off toUdawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Here are some ideas for day two: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uda Walawe National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawa route planning tool .

Getting from Ella to Udawalawa by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

4
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Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kids will enjoy Kalametiya Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rekawa: Dikwella (Wewurukannala Vihara & Blow Hole Hummanaya). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahandamodara Beach, visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon.

To see other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rekawa trip planner .

You can drive from Udawalawa to Rekawa in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya, Dikwella, Kahandamodara Beach
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Hikkaduwa Beach), Galle Fort (in Galle) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Devol Devalaya & Japanese Peace Pagoda). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory.

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You can drive from Rekawa to Mirissa in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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