23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 1 night
3
Kudawella
— Few hours
4
Hambantota
— 2 nights
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
8
Dambulla
— 1 day
9
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
10
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
11
Jaffna
— 2 nights
12
Mannar
— Few hours
13
Puttalam
— Few hours
14
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
15
Negombo
— 1 night
16
Colombo
— 2 nights

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3
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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 26th (Fri), kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, look for gifts at Urban Island, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip app.

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

1
night
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galle travel route builder tool.

Drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Kudawella.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara

few
hours
Kudawella

Kudawella ©
On the 1st (Mon), explore the striking landscape at Hummanaya Blow Hole.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kudawella road trip site.

You can drive from Galle to Kudawella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hambantota.

Things to do in Kudawella

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hummanaya Blow Hole ©
Hummanaya Blow Hole

2
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Hambantota trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Kudawella to Hambantota takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Magampura Ruhunu Heritage Museum ©
Magampura Ruhunu Heritage Museum

2
nights
Yala National Park

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.
To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Hambantota to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©

Little England

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 5th (Fri): stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya holiday builder website.

Getting from Yala National Park to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then play a few rounds at RB Tours Srilanka, and then indulge in some culinary diversions at Withlocals.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip site.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours · Wildlife · Parks · Transportation

Side Trip

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
day
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): stroll through Hurulu Eco Park, don't miss a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then don't miss a visit to Mihintale, and finally explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 12th (Fri), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee day trip site.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, and finally steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaffna journey planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Mannar.

Things to do in Jaffna

Highlights from your plan
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple ©
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple

few
hours
Mannar

Mannar
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mannar online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Mannar takes 2.5 hours. On the 15th (Mon), you'll travel to Puttalam.

Things to do in Mannar

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

few
hours
Puttalam

Puttalam
Puttalam is a large town in Puttalam District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka. For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Puttalam trip maker site.

You can drive from Mannar to Puttalam in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In March in Puttalam, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 15th (Mon), you're off to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Puttalam

Historic Sites

1
night
Kalpitiya

On the 15th (Mon), get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalpitiya road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Puttalam to Kalpitiya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 16th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Negombo

Negombo

Little Rome

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Negombo online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Negombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Negombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You will leave for Colombo on the 17th (Wed).

Things to do in Negombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation

2
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Colombo

Colombo ©
Colombo National Museum and Kalutara Bodhiya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate St Anthony's Shrine and Borella All Saints Church. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Sri Anjaneyar Temple in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia--about 42 minutes away. Explore Colombo further: savor the flavors at Food & Drink, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo online vacation planner.

Getting from Negombo to Colombo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi.

Things to do in Colombo

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

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