23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chiang Mai
Fly + Drive:  13 h
1
Bentota
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
8
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
9
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Chiang Mai

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Change things up with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, walk around Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bentota River.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bentota tour itinerary planning 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 hour. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Bentota when traveling from Chiang Mai in January, with lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna is known for beaches, wildlife, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
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, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Dress Palace, and explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary planning app .

Mirissa is very close to Unawatuna. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°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.
For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning tool .

Getting from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 29th (Wed), you'll travel to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge and then explore the galleries of R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch 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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip builder.

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
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Kandy view point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker website .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to 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 Dambulla's surroundings by going to Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Mihintale, &more) and Matale (Ranweli Spice Garden, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla road trip app .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Matale, Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
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): make a trip to Dutch Fort, look for gifts at Selyn, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Negombo trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Negombo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. February in Negombo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Selyn ©
Selyn
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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