23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  14​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
9
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
10
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Sydney


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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo trip builder site .

Sydney, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sydney in November; daily highs in Negombo reach 35°C and lows reach 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
LUV SL Negombo ©
LUV SL Negombo

2
nights
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 (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, then stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya road trip planning app .

You can fly from Negombo to Sigiriya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Karu Arts & Crafts, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Nov 14 — 16:
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Safaris
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 17th (Sun), appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Thivanka Image House, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), then contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada, and finally explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and then delve into the distant past at Medirigiriya Vatadage.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa online visit planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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.
On the 20th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then make a trip to Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark’s Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela. On the next day, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella road trip planning website .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Badulla
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

1
night
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip maker app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. November in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:
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Safaris

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Medilla Beach, then kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), then kick back and relax at Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally explore the galleries of Indika Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahandamodara Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

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Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Rekawa. November in Rekawa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): stop by LAZY.RIDE, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Weherahena Buddhist Temple, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Art Batiks.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip builder app .

Getting from Rekawa to Mirissa by car takes about 2 hours. In November in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. You'll get in some beach time at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Step out of Galle with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Bentota--about 1h 15 min away. There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Galle vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Lak Gems & Jewellery, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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 30th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hindagala Temple, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Peradeniya
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Kalutara Bodhiya. You'll explore and learn at Colombo National Museum and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Kalutara to see West Coast Tattoo Studio about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: stop by Stone 'N' String, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Colombo road trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trip

Kalutara
Highlights from your plan
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Kayaking & Canoeing

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