21 days in South Asia Itinerary

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Negombo
— 3 nights
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Habarana
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 1 night
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Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 3 nights
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Unawatuna
— 3 nights
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Colombo
— 2 nights
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Negombo
— 1 night
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Negombo — 3 nights

Little Rome

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Get a sense of the local culture at Dambadeniya Sri Wijayasundaraaraama Raja Maha Viharaya and Supuwath Arana. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Sri Singama Kali Amman Kovil. Go for a jaunt from Negombo to Dambadeniya to see Dambadeniya Maliga Gala about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Negombo Public Cemetery, browse the eclectic array of goods at Negombo Fish Market, go sightseeing with Mallawa Tours Sri Lanka, and stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip planning app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Negombo is an approximately 21-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Cape Town to Negombo. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in December; daily highs in Negombo reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Habarana.
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Habarana — 2 nights

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada. Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally steep yourself in history at Gal Potha.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Habarana online trip itinerary maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Habarana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 1 night

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 15th (Thu): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 1 night

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): play a few rounds at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Xavier's Church.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online trip builder.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhowa Rock Temple.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ella tour planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Mirissa.
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Mirissa — 3 nights

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Talalla Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Coconut Tree Hill and Mawella Beach. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Turtle Point, browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa road trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.
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Unawatuna — 3 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Mihiripenna Beach and Jungle Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spas and Fishing Charters & Tours. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stroll through Unawatuna Beach, admire the natural beauty at Lagoon Herbal Garden, and stop by Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna online itinerary builder.

Drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colombo.
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Colombo — 2 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Urban Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach.

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You can drive from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Tue) before leaving for Negombo.
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Negombo — 1 night

Little Rome

Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): stroll through Morawala Beach. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with See Lanka Travels.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Negombo road trip planning site.

Drive from Colombo to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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