24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
On the 4th (Sat), look for gifts at LUV SL Negombo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church, hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Negombo tour planning site .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Negombo is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Negombo. When traveling from Amsterdam in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Negombo, with highs around 35°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Negombo

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

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 5th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre Mahamodara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Jungle Beach, then kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galle itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, kick back and relax at Matara Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Weherahena Buddhist Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip builder tool .

Drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Mirissa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 8th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Mirissa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Matara
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Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatala Wehera and then make a trip to Tissa Dagoba.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama sightseeing planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 9th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park) and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham (in Haputale). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ella day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Ella takes 1.5 hours. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): get great views at Shanthipura View Point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, and then tee off at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Golden Temple and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Popular historic sites such as Ritigala Forest Monastery and Kaludiya Pokuna are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Lankathilaka Image House in Polonnaruwa (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Sigiriya trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nilaveli Diving Centre. Step off the beaten path and head to Trincomalee War Cemetery and Hoods Tower Museum. Koneswaram Temple and Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Trincomalee to Nilaveli to see Pigeon Island National Park about 54 minutes away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach.

Make your Trincomalee itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can drive to Habarana.

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
Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura road trip site .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Nature 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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Negombo

Negombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo trip planner .

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

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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