23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Ella
— 3 nights
3
Dambulla
— 3 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
6
Kandy
— 5 nights

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's much more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary app.

Dublin, Ireland to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Traveling from Dublin in July, expect Colombo to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Galle Fort
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Safaris
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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 Ella's surroundings by going to Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Colombo to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Dambulla holiday planner.

Getting from Ella to Dambulla by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

To find reviews and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

3
nights
Trincomalee

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: stroll through Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

To find ratings, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

5
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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

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