21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 3 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 3 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
7
Galle
— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip builder.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
When in Anuradhapura, make a side trip to see Avukana Buddha Statue in Kekirawa, approximately Kekirawa away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip site.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Avukana Buddha Statue
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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 28th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, thenview the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya day trip app.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
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.
Step out of Ella with an excursion to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale--about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sella Kataragama Temple and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. August in Yala National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Safaris, Sella Kataragama Temple
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Parrot Rock Bridge) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Warm Boutique, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galle holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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