24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  14​h
1
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park & Mohini falls) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip maker 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. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ella due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In January in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC ©
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC

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 Temple (in Kataragama) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, & more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

Plan my day in Yala National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Uda Walawe National Park to Yala National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, and soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Polonnaruwa
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, identify plant and animal life at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary maker .

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 in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to 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

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & DIANA Souvenirs). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, stroll around Galle Face Green, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colombo day trip site .

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 24th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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 ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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