23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Adelaide
Fly:  16 h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
7
Dambulla
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Adelaide

3
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.
When in Colombo, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Bentota, approximately Bentota away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

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Adelaide, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13- hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Colombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Adelaide in July, things will get much warmer in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy sightseeing planner.

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Community Tsunami Museum, Kowilawatta Temple, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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 Ella's surroundings by going to Mohini falls (in Nuwara Eliya), Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ella itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mohini falls, Lipton’s Seat, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and stroll through Arugam Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay travel route planner.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. July in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Dambulla route site.

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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