22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

2
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.
Step out of Colombo to go to Negombo and see Negombo Beach, which is approximately 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, and look for gifts at Urban Island.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planning website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

5
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 (Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage), Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya) and Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, delve into the lush surroundings at Riverstone Gap, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planning site.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Pinnawala Jumbos, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Devathura Falls, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In April, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Galle, Mirissa Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa 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 11th (Sat), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park road trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

4
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 to go to Nuwara Eliya and see Horton Plains National Park, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, have fun at dee tattoo studio ella, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella tour website.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Horton Plains National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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 16th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park day trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

3
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.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, delve into the distant past at Sinhagiri, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary maker website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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