20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  14​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Bandarawela
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Fly:  19​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Relax by the water at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Get in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Panadura Beach. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary maker .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Victoria) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Melbourne in August; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Panadura Beach, Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planning site .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Golf

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): stroll through Kovalam Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple and then step off the mainland to explore Neduntheevu (Delft Island).

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Jaffna road trip app .

You can drive from Kandy to Jaffna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Neduntheevu (Delft Island) ©
Neduntheevu (Delft Island)

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee online visit planner .

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 21st (Wed), make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kallady Beach, contemplate the long history of Batticaloa Fort, and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah day trip tool .

Drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Bandarawela.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

2
nights
Bandarawela

Bandarawela ©
Bandarawela is the second largest town in the Badulla District which is 30km away from Badulla. On the 23rd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Fox Hill. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent, relax in the rural setting at Amba Estate, then delve into the distant past at Dhowa Rock Temple, and finally admire the sheer force of Upper Diyaluma Waterfall.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Bandarawela vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Bandarawela takes 4.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sun) before leaving for Mirissa.

Things to do in Bandarawela

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Fox Hill
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Anthony's Church ©
Anthony's Church
Amba Estate ©
Amba Estate

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get outdoors at Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Matara Beach in Matara (about 30 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, race across the water with a speed boat tour, and stop by Roosara Gems and Jewellery.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip app .

Getting from Bandarawela to Mirissa by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 28th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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