22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Kaunas
+3
Bus + Train + Fly + Taxi:  21 h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  2 h 15 min
6
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly + Train:  20 h
End: Kaunas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planner.

Kaunas, Lithuania to Kandy is an approximately 19- hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Kaunas to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Bambaragala Viharaya
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Mirissa Beach and Matara Beach. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa, approximately Akuressa away. There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Snake Farm, stop by LAZY.RIDE, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Before you visit Mirissa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), Nandana Tea Factory
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach
Snake Farm ©
Snake Farm

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Attractions like Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Japanese Peace Pagoda, &more), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Narigama Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Mohini falls (in Nuwara Eliya) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Ella vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Ella by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mohini falls, Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Sigiriya, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya online route planner.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

5
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.
Attractions like Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Water World Lanka (in Kelaniya) and Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens (in Avissawella). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and get to know the resident critters at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colombo itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Sigiriya to Colombo in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Water World Lanka, National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Negombo Beach, Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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