22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
7
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Colombo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thenmake a trip to Kandy view point, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenstop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kandy attractions planning site.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Unawatuna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Mirissa Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Bentota Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a train. November in Ella sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, thenexplore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, thenexplore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, thendelve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

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

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yala National Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Yala National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, deepen your understanding of the past and present with LG Lanka Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planning site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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