23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
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Colombo
— Few hours
bus:  1​h
2
Negombo
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Wilpattu National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Anuradhapura
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Nuwara Eliya
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 15​min
10
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
11
Udawalawa
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 30​min
12
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Galle
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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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.
To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo day trip planning site .

If you are flying in from Netherlands, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In April, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You'll set off for Negombo on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Negombo journey planner .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. In April in Negombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Wilpattu National Park.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites
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St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park
Discover how to plan a Wilpattu National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Negombo to Wilpattu National Park in 4 hours. On the 3rd (Wed), you're off toAnuradhapura.

Things to do in Wilpattu National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
To see ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura itinerary tool .

You can drive from Wilpattu National Park to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Thu) before leaving for Trincomalee.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koneswaram Temple and Nilaveli Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee travel route planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Habarana
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Safaris
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Tooth, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy attractions planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ella Spice Garden and R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park), Amba Estate (in Bandarawela) and Dunhinda Falls (in Badulla). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Diyaluma Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ella itinerary planner.

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Diyaluma Falls, Buduruwagala, Dunhinda Falls, Amba Estate
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya day trip site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. On the 15th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Baker's Falls
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Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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Udawalawa

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawa trip builder app .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Udawalawa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trip

Udawalawa Safari
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Safaris
Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then stop by Dress Palace, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Udawalawa to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. In April, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Spend the 20th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and stop by Lihiniya Gems.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Galle route planning site .

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In April in Galle, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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