24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Habarana
— 2 nights
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Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
9
Mirissa
— 2 nights
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Bentota
— 3 nights

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum and then buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel route planning tool.

Larnaca, Cyprus to Colombo is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Larnaca in February: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Museums
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sigiriya and Dambulla Royal Cave Temple. Get outdoors at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Safaris. Step out of Dambulla to go to Sigiriya and see Pidurangala Rock, which is approximately 32 minutes away. It doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dambulla tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Habarana.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

2
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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then make a trip to Sigiriya. On your second day here, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Habarana travel itinerary planner.

Habarana is just a short distance from Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Safaris

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then delve into the distant past at Weijantha Prasada, then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and finally contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

To plan Polonnaruwa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Habarana to Polonnaruwa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Passikudah Beach
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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 20th (Sat): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then tee off at RB Tours Srilanka.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel route planner.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Transportation

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

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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 22nd (Mon): stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with Lanka Tracker - Day Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe National Park takes 4.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Lanka Tracker - Day Tours

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Unawatuna

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Naga Viharaya. Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, stop by Cara Jewellers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

For photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna online route planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In February in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 1st (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, then visit a coastal fixture at Dondra Head Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip builder.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Mirissa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas
Fishing Charters & Tours

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nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Take a break from the city and head to Bentota Beach and Bentota River. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kande Viharaya Temple and Community Tsunami Museum. Explore Bentota's surroundings by going to Andahalena Ella Waterfall (in Elpitiya) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, stop by Leather.lk, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Bentota trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Bentota sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Andahalena Ella Waterfall, Kande Viharaya Temple
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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