22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly + Drive:  25 h
1
Kalutara
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 15 min
2
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
7
Dambulla
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  22 h 15 min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Kalutara

Kalutara ©
A popular beachside getaway just an hour south of Colombo, Kalutara is as recognizable for its enormous white Buddhist stupa as for its inviting white-sand beaches.
You've now added Asya Tours to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with Asya Tours, then look for gifts at Wedage Gems, and then admire the masterpieces at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Thudugala Ella waterfall, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Cross Church Kalutara, then stroll through Kalutara Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kalutara route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Kalutara is an approximately 24- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Kalutara is 13.5 hours. Traveling from San Francisco in October, expect nights in Kalutara to be much warmer, around 77°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 88°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Kalutara

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Asya Tours ©
Asya Tours
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Holy Cross Church Kalutara ©
Holy Cross Church Kalutara

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple (in Colombo), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galle trip tool.

Traveling by train from Kalutara to Galle takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October in Galle, expect temperatures between 88°F during the day and 77°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Bentota Beach
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kandy day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ridi Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 14th (Wed), stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay online journey planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

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
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Mohini falls (in Nuwara Eliya). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella vacation planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lipton’s Seat, Mohini falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): meet the residents at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On the next day, stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

4
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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