26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Sigiriya, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla online trip itinerary planner.

Sydney, Australia to Dambulla is an approximately 15- 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 4.5 hours. Finish up 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, Dhilip De Alwis, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Take a break from Arugam Bay with a short trip to Okanda Devalaya in Yala National Park, about 1h 15 min away.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kataragama.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Okanda Devalaya, Magul Maha Viharaya
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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 Udawalawe National Park), Yala National Park (in Yala National Park) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya.

Make your Kataragama itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Kataragama takes 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kataragama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kataragama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Shanthipura View Point, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, hike along Nature Trail Ella, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Drive from Kataragama to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Oct 11 — 15:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple (in Colombo), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Find places to stay Oct 15 — 20:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can 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

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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