22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dammam
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ella
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
6
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Dammam

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple (in Nuwara Eliya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Freedom Project, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy sightseeing tool .

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Kandy is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Bambaragala Viharaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
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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

2
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.
On the 9th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Euphoria Spice and Herbal and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nilaveli road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip app .

You can drive from Nilaveli to Arugam Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park & Mohini falls). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ella trip builder app .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Nuwara Eliya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Mirissa Beach and Kalametiya Beach will thrill your kids. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Galle Fort (in Galle), Matara Beach (in Matara) and Unawatuna (Mihiripenna Beach, Jungle Beach, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, make a trip to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mirissa online tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Matara, Kalametiya Beach, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Attractions like Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Akurala Beach (in Akurala), Narigama Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Bentota trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Akurala Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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