23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  15 h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Dickoya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Bus:  3 h
9
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 30 min
10
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14 h
End: Amsterdam

2
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.
On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Colombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Colombo. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall
Borella All Saints Church ©
Borella All Saints Church

2
nights
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.
You've now added Mihintale to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura road trip website .

Getting from Colombo to Anuradhapura by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Fri) before leaving for Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

1
night
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.
To find maps and other tourist information, read Sigiriya online route planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kandy.
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Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Kandy

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 15th (Sat): explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Sun), experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya travel route planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites
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Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

2
nights
Dickoya

Dickoya ©
Dickoya is a town in Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. To find photos, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Dickoya day trip planning website .

Drive from Negombo to Dickoya in 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dickoya

Historic Sites
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Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church

4
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.
Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya, about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Horton Plains National Park
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 24th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. In February in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

4
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Galle Fort (in Galle), Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, look for gifts at Dress Palace, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa online road trip planner .

Traveling by bus from Tissamaharama to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. On the 29th (Sat), you'll travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, Jungle Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, and then stop by Selyn.

For reviews, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Negombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Selyn ©
Selyn
Main Fish Market ©
Main Fish Market

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