18 days in Sri Lanka & Colombia Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka & Colombia Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka & Colombia Itinerary

Start: Exeter, United Kingdom
+2
train + shuttle + Fly:  18​h
1
Cartagena, Colombia
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Santa Marta, Colombia
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  3​h
3
San Andres Island, Colombia
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Bogota, Colombia
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  29​h
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Mirissa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Udawalawa, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
10
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly + train:  16​h 45​min
End: Exeter, United Kingdom

1
night
Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena ©
The site of the continent's first Spanish colony, Cartagena retains much of its colonial flavor thanks to a World Heritage-listed old town, encircled by old walls and protected by imposing fortresses.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Walled City of Cartagena, then steep yourself in history at Plaza Santo Domingo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castillo San Felipe de Barajas.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Cartagena trip itinerary maker app .

Exeter, UK to Cartagena is an approximately 18-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 5 hours traveling from Exeter to Cartagena. September in Cartagena sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Marta.

Things to do in Cartagena

Historic Sites
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Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas ©
Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas
Walled City of Cartagena ©
Walled City of Cartagena
Plaza Santo Domingo ©
Plaza Santo Domingo

1
night
Santa Marta, Colombia

Santa Marta ©
Many visitors begin their Santa Marta holiday, surrounded by urban clutter and heavy traffic, expecting little from the city in terms of historical importance.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Santa Marta day trip site .

Getting from Cartagena to Santa Marta by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to San Andres Island.

Things to do in Santa Marta

Nature Parks
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Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona ©
Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona

2
nights
San Andres Island, Colombia

San Andres Island ©
The coral San Andres Island boasts a rich colonial history, exotic beaches, and a laidback, tropical lifestyle.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): see the vivid underwater world at Aquanautas, then identify plant and animal life at La Piscinita, then head off the coast to Johnny Cay, and finally don't miss a visit to Blow Hole. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Luis, then identify plant and animal life at Cayo El Acuario, then kick back and relax at Playa Charquitos, and finally contemplate the long history of Plaza Canon de Morgan.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read San Andres Island trip planner .

Traveling by combination of shuttle and flight from Santa Marta to San Andres Island takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Santa Marta in September, expect nights in San Andres Island to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are little chillier, around 36°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Bogota.

Things to do in San Andres Island

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Johnny Cay ©
Johnny Cay
La Piscinita ©
La Piscinita
Hoyo Soplador ©
Hoyo Soplador

2
nights
Bogota, Colombia

Bogota ©
Colombia's heart and soul, Bogota has earned the nickname "Athens of South America" thanks to its abundance of universities, libraries, and lower-level schools.
On the 21st (Sat), examine the collection at Gold Museum (Museo del Oro), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Monserrate, and then steep yourself in history at Bolivar plaza. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Sal, explore the world behind art at Museo Botero del Banco de la Republica, and then look for gifts at Garrapata Textil.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bogota online trip builder .

Getting from San Andres Island to Bogota by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Traveling from San Andres Island in September, expect Bogota to be colder, temps between 22°C and 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Bogota

Museums Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Catedral de Sal de Zipaquira
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Gold Museum (Museo del Oro) ©
Gold Museum (Museo del Oro)
Monserrate ©
Monserrate

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the activities along Kandy Lake and then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, and finally make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Bogota to Kandy takes 29 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Bogota to Kandy is 10 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Mirissa, Sri Lanka

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 26th (Thu), look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa sightseeing tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. September in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Udawalawa, Sri Lanka

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawa trip planner .

Getting from Mirissa to Udawalawa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris

1
night
Ella, Sri Lanka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

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Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

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

1
night
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Unawatuna itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

4
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) in Ragama, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 1st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and stop by Urban Island.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Colombo vacation planner.

You can take a train from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. September in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama)
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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