20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Ahangama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Kosgoda
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Zagreb

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 22nd (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Negombo trip maker app .

Zagreb, Croatia to Negombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to India Standard Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Zagreb in January, expect Negombo to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. You'll have a few hours on the 23rd (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Angurukaramulla Temple ©
Angurukaramulla Temple

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Minneriya National Park (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). It doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dambulla trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Dambulla takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Pidurangala Rock
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
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.
On the 26th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at Raja Museum. On your second day here, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip website .

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirissa Beach and Polhena Beach. Bring the kids along to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, stop by LAZY.RIDE, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Ahangama.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

3
nights
Ahangama

Ahangama ©
Ahangama is a small town in Sri Lanka. Bring the kids along to Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery and Kabalana Beach. Step out of Ahangama to go to Akuressa and see Nandana Tea Factory, which is approximately 38 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore and take pictures at Handunugoda Tea Estate, admire the natural beauty at Lagoon Herbal Garden, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kathaluwa Old Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ahangama route builder .

Ahangama is very close to Mirissa. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 4th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Ahangama

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Koggala, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Hiyare Rainforest Reservoir, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Nandana Tea Factory
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Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

4
nights
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ahungalla Beach and Kosgoda Turtle Care.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kosgoda route builder site .

You can drive from Ahangama to Kosgoda in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 8th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Ahungalla, Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center
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