20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Zagreb
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  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
Drive:  3 h
6
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  45 min
7
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Drive:  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 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Colombo Fort Railway Station.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo tour itinerary website.

Zagreb, Croatia to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Zagreb in May, things will get much hotter in Colombo: highs are around 38°C and lows about 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip website.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. You will leave for Sigiriya on the 7th (Sun).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
Find places to stay May 7 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Kandy

Kandy
To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. On the 8th (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.
Nine Arches Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ella journey maker tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You'll set off for Mirissa on the 10th (Wed).
Highlights from your plan
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

4
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Do some cultural sightseeing at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Dondra Head Lighthouse. And it doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take some stellar pictures from Coconut Tree Hill, enjoy the sand and surf at Secret Beach, and look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa travel route planner.

Getting from Ella to Mirissa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a bus. May in Mirissa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tangalle, Dondra Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. You'll explore and learn at Tsunami Photo Museum and Sri Vijayarama Viharaya. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Saffron Robes, &more), Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, browse the exhibits of EXOTIC ROOTS, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. May in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Bentota, Ambalangoda, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): meet the residents at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
Highlights from your plan
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka ©
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

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