24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 day
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  45​min
2
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Galle
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
9
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Prague

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

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Prague, Czech Republic to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Prague to Colombo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Colombo is much warmer than Prague - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. On the 27th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
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, then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and then look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Negombo online route planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. December in Negombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Negombo

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

2
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, stop by Luv SL, then admire the natural beauty at Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Dawson Tower.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pinnawala trip planner.

Traveling by car from Negombo to Pinnawala takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Kegalle, Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden, Dawson Tower
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.
On the 30th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dambulla tour itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. 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

Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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, parks, classes, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip planning website .

Drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch 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, parks, shopping, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, walk around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya travel tool .

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe National Park in 4.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

6
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, & more) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then look for gifts at sigiri art gallery, and finally explore the galleries of Pethikada. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find more things to do and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya vacation builder tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Minneriya National Park
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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