21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Haputale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
8
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
9
Colombo
— 3 nights
End: Colombo

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 17th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sigiriya, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya itinerary tool .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara. On your second day here, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park driving holiday planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Ella road trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Haputale.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
On the 24th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Lipton’s Seat and then explore the activities along Lake Richmond.

You can plan Haputale trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by train from Ella to Haputale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Lake Richmond ©
Lake Richmond

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and look for all kinds of wild species at Hanthana Mountain Range.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Haputale to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Ridi Viharaya, 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

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Secret Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stop by Dress Palace.

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. October in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 30th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, then make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna attractions planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and then browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo tour itinerary maker app .

Getting from Unawatuna to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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