17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Negombo
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Deniyaya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Unawatuna
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Ljubljana

1
day
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.
You've now added Muthurajawela Marsh to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Negombo route planning site .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Negombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Ljubljana in December: high temperatures in Negombo hover around 36°C and lows are around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Parks
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2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Bentota Bazaar. Step out of the city life by going to Bentota Beach and Sea Turtle Protection Association. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid ul Abrar and stop by Sunflower Arts and Crafts.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Bentota trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Deniyaya.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Beruwala, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Safaris
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
nights
Deniyaya

Deniyaya ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Ethamala Ella Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Entrance, and then look for gifts at Dalu Tea Centre.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Deniyaya trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Kosgoda to Deniyaya in 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Deniyaya are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Deniyaya

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Ethamala Ella Waterfall
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Sinharaja Forest Entrance ©
Sinharaja Forest Entrance
Dalu Tea Centre ©
Dalu Tea Centre

2
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.
On the 20th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally stroll through Nature Trail Ella.

For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ella sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Deniyaya to Ella in 3.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
You've now added Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Udawalawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Kids will enjoy Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Medilla Beach.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Udawalawa trip planner .

Getting from Deniyaya to Udawalawa by car takes about 2 hours. December in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dikwella.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 23:
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Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

7
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas & Wellness and Narigama Beach. Bring the kids along to Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Fishing Charters & Tours & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Hikkaduwa Beach).

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You can drive from Udawalawa to Unawatuna in 3 hours. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 30:
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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