25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kosgoda
— 1 night
train:  45​min
3
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
4
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Dikwella
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Peradeniya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
9
Deniyaya
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Ljubljana

1
night
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. On the 16th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Muthurajawela Marsh and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Negombo day trip planner .

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. In December, Negombo is warmer than Ljubljana - with highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
You've now added Sinharaja Forest Reserve to your itinerary. On the 17th (Tue), stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery and then delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Kosgoda trip planning tool .

You can drive from Negombo to Kosgoda in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daily temperatures in Kosgoda can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery ©
Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 19th (Thu), kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 20th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Made In Ceylon, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna vacation maker app .

Traveling by train from Kosgoda to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can take a train to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Whale Watching Club has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Swim with Dolphins and Matara Beach. Kids will appreciate attractions like Mirissa Beach and Polhena Beach. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa, approximately 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, admire the landmark architecture of Star Fort, get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary builder app .

Mirissa is just a short distance from Unawatuna. In December in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Visit Udawalawe National Park. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Elle Wala Waterfall. Spend the 27th (Fri) exploring nature at Udawalawe National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park travel route website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. In December, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You'll set off for Dikwella on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Elle Wala Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Safaris
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

5
nights
Dikwella

Dikwella ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle has been added to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). We've also included these beaches for you: Kahandamodara Beach and Medilla Beach. Step out of Dikwella to go to Rekawa and see Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, which is approximately 42 minutes away.

To see reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Dikwella route planning site .

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Dikwella in 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Dikwella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Dikwella

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach, Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
You've now added Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail to your itinerary. On the 1st (Wed), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On your second day here, meet the residents at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Dikwella to Udawalawa takes 2 hours. In January in Udawalawa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©

2
nights
Peradeniya

Peradeniya ©
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
Royal Botanical Gardens has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then enjoy breathtaking views from Dawson Tower, and then admire the landmark architecture of Embekke Devalaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple and then stroll through Elephant Freedom Project.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Peradeniya trip app .

Drive from Udawalawa to Peradeniya in 5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Peradeniya are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow time for travel to Deniyaya.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Embekke Devalaya, Dawson Tower
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Deniyaya

Deniyaya ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ethamala Ella Waterfall.

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

Drive from Peradeniya to Deniyaya in 6 hours. In January, daytime highs in Deniyaya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Deniyaya

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary, Ethamala Ella Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Entrance ©
Sinharaja Forest Entrance

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