23 days in Colombo, Hangzhou & Kandy Itinerary

23 days in Colombo, Hangzhou & Kandy Itinerary

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23 days in Colombo, Hangzhou & Kandy Itinerary

Start: Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Train:  6​h 45​min
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 11 nights
Fly + Taxi:  13​h
2
Hangzhou, China
— 7 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  14​h 30​min
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Jaffna, Sri Lanka

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Galle (Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm, &more), Negombo (Abhayasekararama Temple, Negombo Beach, &more) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, read our Colombo travel planner.

Jaffna to Colombo is an approximately 7-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Hangzhou.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Negombo, Galle, Bentota, Ahungalla Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hangzhou: Jinhua Xianhua Mountain (in Pujiang County) and Lin'an (West Tianmu Mountain & Stone Great Wall Scienc Spot). And it doesn't end there: go for a walk through West Lake (Xi Hu), get in on the family fun at Crazy Apple land, examine the collection at Huqingyu Museum, and contemplate the long history of Lingyin Temple.

To see where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Hangzhou trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Hangzhou in 13 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Colombo to Hangzhou is 2 hours. In January, Hangzhou is much colder than Colombo - with highs of 11°C and lows of 3°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hangzhou

Historic Sites Parks Nature

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Hangzhou to Kandy in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Hangzhou to Kandy. 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

Matale, Pinnawala, 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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