17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Birmingham
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h 45 min
1
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Foot:  16 h 15 min
End: Birmingham

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Step out of the city life by going to Bentota Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with a short trip to Sinharaja Forest Reserve in Galle (about 1h 30 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bentota trip planner.

Birmingham, UK to Bentota is an approximately 19.5- hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Traveling from Birmingham in September, expect Bentota to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kande Viharaya Temple, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Galle Fort and Naga Viharaya. Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Saffron Robes (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ella online day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park route planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In September in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya online route planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala (in Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Red Mosque.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala, Kegalle
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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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