21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Mirissa
— 3 nights
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Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
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Ella
— 3 nights
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
6
Colombo
— 6 nights

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kandy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Perth, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Perth to Kandy. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 21 — 24:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Coconut Tree Hill will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Talalla Beach (in Talalla). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, look for gifts at Dress Palace, and meet the residents at Snake Farm.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip builder tool.

Fly from Kandy to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Talalla Beach ©
Talalla Beach

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hikkaduwa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Unawatuna (Unawatuna Beach, Jungle Beach, &more), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Galle Fort (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa tour planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Hakgala Botanic Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Ella itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 2:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
On the 3rd (Sun), explore the galleries of Pethikada, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Sigiriya, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip planning website.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

6
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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.
Attractions like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Mount Lavinia Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo (about 52 minutes away). Spend the 8th (Fri) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. There's still lots to do: walk around Galle Face Green, stop by Urban Island, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Colombo by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 4 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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