26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  4​h
2
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kataragama
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
5
Galle
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
6
Kandy
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Minneriya National Park (in Habarana), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Dambulla is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Dambulla is minus 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis, Polonnaruwa
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Step out of Arugam Bay with an excursion to Okanda Devalaya in Yala National Park--about 1h 15 min away.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip planner .

Getting from Dambulla to Arugam Bay by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kataragama.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Magul Maha Viharaya, Okanda Devalaya
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

4
nights
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Venture out of the city with trips to Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park), Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris) and Kirinda Viharaya (in Kirinda). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kataragama online road trip planner .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kataragama in 3 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kataragama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kataragama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Uda Walawe National Park, Kirinda Viharaya, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 11:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Shanthipura View Point, & more) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, trek along Nature Trail Ella, and learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kataragama to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

5
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 Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple (in Colombo) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Galle route planner.

Getting from Ella to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In October in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

6
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: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning site .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 26:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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