20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bentota
— 2 nights
2
Colombo
— 4 nights
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 3 nights
6
Unawatuna
— 4 nights

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Community Tsunami Museum and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Explore Bentota's surroundings by going to Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). There's more to do: look for gifts at Leather.lk.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip maker tool.

New Delhi, India to Bentota is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. When traveling from New Delhi in December, plan for a bit warmer days in Bentota, with highs around °C, while nights are much warmer with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Ahungalla Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Leather.lk
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Colombo National Museum and The Bandaranaike Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: St. Anne's Church (in Negombo) and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, hunt for treasures at Pettah, and stop by Jewel Qudsi.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip app.

Drive from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

4
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.
Do your shopping at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Aakarsha Gem House (in Matale). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at Raja Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find maps and other tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Aakarsha Gem House, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, thentake in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Little Adam's Peak and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale. Lipton’s Seat and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella route builder app.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes. Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Unawatuna Beach, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. December in Unawatuna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Galle Fort, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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