20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Negombo
— 2 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
6
Ella
— 3 nights
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
9
Galle
— 1 night
10
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
11
Negombo
— Few hours

2
nights
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Angurukaramulla Temple, Dutch Fort and Negombo Fish Market.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Negombo trip simple and quick.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Negombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Negombo. Traveling from Amsterdam in February, expect Negombo to be much warmer, temps between 38°C and 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Angurukaramulla Temple ©
Angurukaramulla Temple
Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market

1
night
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip builder app.

Getting from Negombo to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

1
night
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pidurangala Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya online attractions planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.
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Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ceylon Tea Museum, Kandy War Cemetery, Lankatilaka Temple, and other attractions you added. On the 1st (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery.

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Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

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
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Baker's Falls, St Clair's Falls, Devon Falls, and other attractions. Get in touch with nature at Horton Plains National Park and Gregory Lake. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Baker's Falls, Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Adam's Peak (Sri pada) ©
Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

3
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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Diyaluma Falls as well as Lipton’s Seat. Take a break from the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and Head underground at Ravana's Cave.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ella trip maker.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Diyaluma Falls, Lipton’s Seat
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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 9th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park tour website.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dondra Head Lighthouse. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Dondra Head Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Dondra Head Lighthouse, Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Galle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Hikkaduwa takes an hour. March in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Negombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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Negombo

Negombo
To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Negombo trip site.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Negombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Negombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

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