24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 day
2
Negombo
— 1 night
3
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
8
Galle
— 6 nights
9
Sigiriya
— 3 nights

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colombo travel route planner.

Prague, Czech Republic to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 4.5 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Prague in December: high temperatures in Colombo hover around °C and lows are around °C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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 27th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and then stop by DIANA Souvenirs.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Negombo road trip tool.

Drive from Colombo to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, thenstop by Luv SL, thenadmire the natural beauty at Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Dawson Tower.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pinnawala vacation planner.

You can drive from Negombo to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Kegalle, Dawson Tower, Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip builder site.

Drive from Pinnawala to Dambulla in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Balloon Rides
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

2
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.
Ella is known for nature, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

Before you visit Ella, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
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.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya route maker.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe National Park in 4.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks

6
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours.

Plan trip to Galle with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota, Nandana Tea Factory
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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 15th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, thendon't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thentake in the exciting artwork at sigiri art gallery, and finally explore the galleries of Pethikada. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya road trip planner.

You can drive from Galle to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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