21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 45 min
7
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Fly:  18 h
End: Lisbon

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder website.

Lisbon, Portugal to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Colombo. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Lisbon in Fevereiro, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

3
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: Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation, 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching).

To find maps and tourist information, read Unawatuna online itinerary builder.

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in Fevereiro, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
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 16th (Tue), stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park online journey planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. In Fevereiro, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. In Fevereiro, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Mihintale (in Anuradhapura) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip planning app.

You can fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 25th (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park, Mihintale
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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