24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly + Taxi:  14 h
1
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Galle
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
7
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park & Mohini falls) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ella tour itinerary builder site.

Melbourne, Australia to Ella is an approximately 14- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Melbourne to Ella, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lakpura and then get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

3
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yala National Park: Kataragama (Kataragama Temple & Kiri Vehera) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Bundala birds paradise). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park online journey builder.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In January in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla tour itinerary website.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & DIANA Souvenirs) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Sea Turtle Protection Association
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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