22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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
Drive:  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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple (in Nuwara Eliya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project, contemplate the long history of Bambaragala Viharaya, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kandy online tour planner.

Dammam, Saudi Arabia to Kandy is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Dammam to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Devathura Falls, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Euphoria Spice and Herbal and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 11th (Sun), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nilaveli route builder website.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, thenexplore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, thendelve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Nilaveli to Arugam Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
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.
Kids will enjoy Horton Plains National Park and Mohini falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip maker site.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Galle Fort and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Unawatuna (Mihiripenna Beach, Jungle Beach, &more) and Kalametiya Beach (in Kalametiya). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, make a trip to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, and stroll through Medawatta Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bentota Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Narigama Beach), Akurala Beach (in Akurala) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). There's more to do: stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 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, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Akurala Beach, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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