24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11 h 45 min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
3
Mirissa
— 1 night
Bus:  2 h 15 min
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
10
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
11
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  11 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at LUV SL Negombo, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Negombo Fish Market, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Negombo is an approximately 14- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Negombo, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, you will find days in Negombo are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are much hotter (30°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Negombo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church
LUV SL Negombo ©
LUV SL Negombo

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On the next day, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Galle in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Jungle Beach
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Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Weherahena Buddhist Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa route app.

You can drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Mirissa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Mirissa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Kushta Raja Gala
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Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Weherahena Buddhist Temple ©
Weherahena Buddhist Temple

1
night
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 8th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatala Wehera and then make a trip to Tissa Dagoba.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama day trip planning app.

Take a bus from Mirissa to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites
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Yatala Wehera ©
Yatala Wehera
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Tissa Dagoba ©
Tissa Dagoba

3
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 the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Discover out-of-the-way places like St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale. Change things up with a short trip to Buduruwagala in Yala National Park (about 1h 10 min away). There's more to do: look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

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Drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Buduruwagala
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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 12th (Sun), take some stellar pictures from Shanthipura View Point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, and then play a few rounds at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple and then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. On the 14th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Golf Outdoors Historic Sites
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Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kandy route tool.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ritigala Forest Monastery and Lankathilaka Image House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and kaludiya Pokuna. Take a break from Sigiriya with a short trip to Polonnaruwa Vatadage in Polonnaruwa, about 1h 10 min away. Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

4
nights
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.
Nilaveli Diving Centre has been added to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and Hoods Tower Museum. Step out of Trincomalee to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Diving Centre ©
Nilaveli Diving Centre

1
night
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 24th (Fri), you'll travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

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night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Negombo travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Negombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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