23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

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 ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Negombo trip itinerary planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 13- hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Negombo is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in November, with highs in Negombo at 35°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
LUV SL Negombo ©
LUV SL Negombo

2
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 (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and finally view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder website.

You can fly from Negombo to Sigiriya in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), then steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, and finally delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber. On your second day here, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Medirigiriya Vatadage.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
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), stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the spiritual surroundings of Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mark’s Church, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner.

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, daytime highs in Ella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 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): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park driving holiday planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In November in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 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

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
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.
On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Medilla Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), then stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Rekawa vacation maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Rekawa. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch ©
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 25th (Mon), stop by LAZY.RIDE, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, then visit a coastal fixture at Dondra Head Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Weherahena Buddhist Temple, and finally view the masterpieces at Art Batiks.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner.

Drive from Rekawa to Mirissa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Step out of the city life by going to Ahungalla Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Galle, make a side trip to see Bentota Beach in Bentota, approximately Bentota away. It doesn't end there: look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Galle holiday planning site.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, make a trip to 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. On your second day here, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planning tool.

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 Wildlife

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kalutara Bodhiya and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Seema Malakaya Temple and Borella All Saints Church. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum in Kalutara--about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Stone 'N' String, and examine the collection at Colombo National Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Colombo tour planning app.

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish 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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