20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Bentota
— 2 nights
Train
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Colombo
— 4 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 3 nights
Fly
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
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Bentota

— 2 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
We've included these beaches for you: Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Community Tsunami Museum and Kowilawatta Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Bentota to Galle to see Sinharaja Forest Reserve about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: stop by Leather.lk.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip itinerary website.

New Delhi, India to Bentota is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi in December, expect nights in Bentota to be warmer, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Colombo

— 4 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Escape the urban bustle at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Colombo National Museum and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Negombo to see St. Anne's Church about 1h 5 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, stop by Jewel Qudsi, get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Colombo travel route builder tool.

Take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Museums · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kandy

— 4 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Do your shopping at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Aakarsha Gem House (in Matale) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at Raja Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy holiday website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:

Ella

— 3 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Step out of the city life by going to Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Lipton’s Seat and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Ella to go to Haputale and see Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, which is approximately 1 hour away. And it doesn't end there: pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 4 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.