24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Negombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Bentota
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
End: Negombo

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

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Negombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Abhayasekararama Temple, then browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo tour itinerary app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. December in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

3
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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Asgiriya Maha Viharaya will appeal to history buffs. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, make a trip to Kandy view point, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kandy day trip planning site .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Victoria Golf & Country Resort
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Visit Galle Fort and Saint Mary's Church for their historical value.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Udawalawe National Park and Safaris. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Udawalawe National Park: Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa), Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura) and Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Safaris
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa day trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. In December in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Art Batiks
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Step out of the city life by going to Hikkaduwa Beach and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. For shopping fun, head to Tsunami Photo Museum or Tea Zone. Spend the 18th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. December in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): stop by Leather.lk, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Bentota River and then don't miss a visit to Kalutara Bodhiya.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Bentota trip planning app .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Bentota in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalutara Bodhiya, Leather.lk, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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