20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Negombo
— 1 night
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 1 day
6
Ohiya
— 2 nights
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
8
Kandy
— 2 nights
9
Galle
— 3 nights
10
Colombo
— 3 nights

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 30th (Fri), pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Negombo visit planning website.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Negombo is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabian Standard Time to India Standard Time is 2.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Riyadh in November, with highs in Negombo at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Selyn ©
Selyn
LUV SL Negombo ©
LUV SL Negombo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, thenexplore the ancient world of Sigiriya, thenview the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally look for gifts at Lanka Silks. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip builder website.

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and then make a trip to kaludiya Pokuna. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, thensoar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

kaludiya Pokuna, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Balloon Rides
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. December in Yala National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris

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day
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ohiya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Ohiya

Ohiya ©
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Baker's Falls.

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

Drive from Ella to Ohiya in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ohiya

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Baker's Falls
Highlights from your plan
Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls

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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 10th (Mon): experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre, thenexplore the activities along Gregory Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, thenstroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and then make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory .

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya tour planning app.

Traveling by car from Ohiya to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Shopping
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary site.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, look for gifts at Embark, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find reviews and other tourist information, refer to the Galle attractions planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, thenstroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Viharamahadevi Park, thensee the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, thenmake a trip to Independence Square, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

Discover how to plan a Colombo trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 19th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Highlights from your plan
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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