24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  15 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 30 min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
7
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Negombo Beach, St. Anne's Church, &more) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colombo online trip itinerary maker.

Valletta, Malta to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Valletta to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Valletta in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Coconut Tree Hill), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
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.
On the 8th (Mon), stroll through Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire the engineering at Udawalawe Dam and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Udawalawe Dam ©
Udawalawe Dam
Safaris

2
nights
Yala National Park

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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Tours Outdoors
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ella to Wellawaya to see Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ella tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and tour the old-fashioned way with a train tour.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kandy route builder tool.

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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