27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Negombo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Arugam Bay
— 10 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Mirissa
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Galle
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
5
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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4
nights
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'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Fishing Charters & Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Shop till you drop at Main Fish Market and DIANA Souvenirs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Negombo: Munneshwaram Hindu temple (in Chilaw) and Embekke Devalaya (in Handessa). And it doesn't end there: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and explore the world behind art at The Gallery.

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

Sydney, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) to India Standard Time is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Sydney in November, things will get somewhat warmer in Negombo: highs are around 35°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Embekke Devalaya, Munneshwaram Hindu temple
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

10
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kumana National Park and Kudumbigala Monastery. Step out of the city life by going to Yala National Park and Crocodile Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Arugam Bay side-trips: Ampara (Rajagala, Lahugala Kitulana National Park, & more).

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for Mirissa on the 18th (Mon).

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ampara, Yala National Park
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Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

6
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get some cultural insight at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. Shop till you drop at Indika Art Gallery and Podi Kade. Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Matara Beach (in Matara), Ussangoda National Park (in Hambantota) and Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary (in Kalametiya). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, stroll through Medawatta Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Mirissa travel route site .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Mirissa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. November in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kabalana Beach, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Ussangoda National Park
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Take a break from the city and head to Narigama Beach and Jungle Beach. Visit Galle Fort and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya for their historical value. Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Ahungalla Beach in Ahungalla, about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Forbes Gems & Jewellers.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Narigama Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Mount Lavinia Beach will get you outdoors. St Anthony's Shrine and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo journey builder .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

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