23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  24​h
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
9
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
10
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market, explore the activities along Dutch Canal, and then identify plant and animal life at Muthurajawela Marsh.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip maker .

Valletta, Malta to Negombo is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Valletta to Negombo. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Valletta in January, with highs in Negombo at 37°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Arankelle Ancient Monastery. Get some historical perspective at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Dambulla Cave Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Matale (Highland Spice Garden, Oak-Ray Isiwara Ayurvedic Village, & more). There's more to do: soar above the sights with a balloon tour and admire the natural beauty at Happyland Spice Garden.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla online vacation planner .

Getting from Negombo to Dambulla by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Matale, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy holiday maker app .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum and then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, then don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Kandy
Highlights from your plan
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On the next day, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 18th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil and then explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay online road trip planner .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sun) before leaving for Udawalawa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Beaches Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Udawalawa trip planner .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Udawalawa in 3.5 hours. January in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Wildlife Zoos & Aquariums
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Dondra Head Lighthouse, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wewurukannala Vihara. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Plan my day in Mirissa using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 24th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dondra Head Lighthouse, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), Wewurukannala Vihara
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
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.
On the 27th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stop by Ceylon Tea Supermarket.

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You can drive from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Ceylon Tea Supermarket ©
Ceylon Tea Supermarket

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