17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo travel route planning site .

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Colombo. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in October, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, ASDA Gem & Jewellery
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy online tour itinerary planner .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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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

3
nights
Unawatuna

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Hikkaduwa Beach, Bentota Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then trek along Nature Trail Ella.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella route builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 24th (Thu), look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
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 26th (Sat): make a trip to Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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