24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Valletta, Island of Malta
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Valletta, Island of Malta

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and get a tailor-made plan with Private Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip builder.

Valletta, Malta to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Valletta to Kandy is 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Kumara Pokuna & Polonnaruwa Vatadage), Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On your second day here, take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. March in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

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.
Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, stroll through Unawatuna Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna journey builder.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Beruwala Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Scuba & Snorkeling), Akurala Beach (in Akurala) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach and stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota trip planning website.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March, daytime highs in Bentota are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Beruwala Beach, Akurala Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
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.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation are good opportunities to explore the local culture. We've included these beaches for you: Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Sri Vishnu Kovil (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Negombo). The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll around Galle Face Green, and look for gifts at Urban Island.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Vishnu Kovil
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Safaris
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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