23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bentota
— 4 nights
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 1 night
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
8
Dambulla
— 3 nights
9
Negombo
— 1 night

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Step out of Bentota with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa--about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Lunuganga, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bentota trip itinerary builder app.

Chiang Mai, Thailand to Bentota is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time (ICT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Chiang Mai in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Bentota. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Go for a jaunt from Unawatuna to Ahangama to see Handunugoda Tea Estate about 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

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Getting from Bentota to Unawatuna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Handunugoda Tea Estate, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Mirissa is known for wildlife, beaches, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Unawatuna to Mirissa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

1
night
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.
To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

1
night
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 29th (Wed), take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge and then stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Ella tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Shopping
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Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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 30th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, thenexplore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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.
On the 1st (Sat), admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Matale (Ranweli Spice Garden, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more) and Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Mihintale, &more). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dambulla online journey builder.

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Tours

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Matale, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, stop by Selyn, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church.

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You can drive from Dambulla to Negombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. February in Negombo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Selyn ©
Selyn
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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