22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Habarana
— 3 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
5
Ella
— 3 nights
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
7
Galle
— 4 nights
8
Bentota
— 2 nights

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2
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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Escape the urban bustle at See Lanka Travels and Royal Botanical Gardens. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kandy War Cemetery and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

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

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, See Lanka Travels, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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See Lanka Travels ©
See Lanka Travels
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Passikudah Beach and Dambulla Cave Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Popham's Arboretum (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Dalada Maluwa, &more).

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Habarana trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Kandy to Habarana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Passikudah Beach
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Safaris
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
nights
Trincomalee

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Pigeon Island National Park. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Get outdoors at Kumana National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Kumana National Park
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Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sage Tours ©
Sage Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Zipline and Ella Spice Garden. Visiting Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock will get you outdoors. Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale, about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, shake up your sightseeing with 4rest Lanka Tours, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Zipline
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
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 8th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip maker website.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
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4
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Fishing Charters & Tours and Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Take a break from the city and head to Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle and Amanwella Silent Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Tangalle
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

2
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Bentota sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. October in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Beruwala Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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