22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  25​h
End: Melbourne

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, and appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo vacation site .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Colombo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Melbourne, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Negombo Beach
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
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): stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to 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 ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa).

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna route maker tool .

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In November in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Kowilawatta Temple, Mirissa Beach, 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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the galleries of R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ella tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 22nd (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online itinerary planner .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planning app .

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and stroll through LG Lanka Tours.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

You can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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, parks, shopping, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, and relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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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