23 days in Colombo, Hangzhou & Kandy Itinerary

23 days in Colombo, Hangzhou & Kandy Itinerary

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 11 nights
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Hangzhou, China
— 7 nights
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights

11
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Galle (Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, &more), Negombo (Abhayasekararama Temple, Negombo Beach, &more) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach). There's still lots to do: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and stroll around Viharamahadevi Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo online trip itinerary planner.

Jaffna to Colombo is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Negombo, Galle, Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

7
nights
Hangzhou, China

Hangzhou ©
Hangzhou, the scenic capital of Zheijang Province, remains a popular vacation choice for tourists interested in the area's numerous cultural and natural sights.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lin'an (West Tianmu Mountain & Stone Great Wall Scienc Spot) and Jinhua Xianhua Mountain (in Pujiang County). There's lots more to do: take in the pleasant sights at West Lake (Xi Hu), see the interesting displays at Huqingyu Museum, get in on the family fun at Crazy Apple land, and take an in-depth tour of The Grand Jinghang Canal Museum.

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

You can do a combination of flight, train, and taxi from Colombo to Hangzhou in 14 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Traveling from Colombo to Hangzhou, you'll lose 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Colombo in January, with highs in Hangzhou at 11°C and lows at 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Lin'an, Pik Cloud Cave of Hangzhou, Jinhua Xianhua Mountain
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West Lake (Xi Hu) ©
West Lake (Xi Hu)
Lingyin Temple ©
Lingyin Temple
Xiangji Temple ©
Xiangji Temple

3
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi, train, and flight from Hangzhou to Kandy takes 15.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. The time zone changes from China Standard Time (CST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Matale, 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

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