23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
Fly:  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.
Step out of Colombo to go to Bentota and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers, and take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

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Adelaide, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Adelaide to Colombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Colombo is warmer than Adelaide - with highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, make a trip to Kandy view point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kandy travel planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: 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

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galle road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Kowilawatta Temple, Nandana Tea Factory, Bentota Beach
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Mohini falls (in Nuwara Eliya), Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ella online trip planner .

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

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mohini falls, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay online vacation planner .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel 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
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
Yala National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park travel planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In July, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sigiriya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Dambulla trip maker site .

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Polonnaruwa, 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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