20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  16​h
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
bus:  2​h
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h 30​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
9
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
10
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Train:  4​h 30​min
11
Negombo
— Few hours
Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Amsterdam

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.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Negombo journey builder website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Negombo is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Amsterdam to Negombo is 4 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in February, with highs in Negombo at 38°C and lows at 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Negombo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Negombo to Anuradhapura by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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.
You've now added Pidurangala Rock to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya tour itinerary planner .

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Fri) before leaving for Kandy.
Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 1:
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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 list of things to see and do now includes Ceylon Tea Museum, Commonwealth War Cemetery, Lankatilaka Temple, and other attractions. Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 2nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy, then appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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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 outdoors at Horton Plains National Park and Gregory Lake. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

Plan a Nuwara Eliya trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. On the 6th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature 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. Get outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, Head underground at Ravana's Cave, and take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature 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 wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary website .

Getting from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In March in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), you're off toMirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You've now added Dondra Head Lighthouse to your itinerary. On the 11th (Mon), enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Galle itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Find places to stay Mar 12 — 13:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
On the 13th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, look for all kinds of wild species 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 where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa online trip itinerary builder .

Hikkaduwa is just a stone's throw from Galle. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

few
hours
Negombo

Negombo
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Getting from Hikkaduwa to Negombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 14th (Thu).

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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