27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8​h
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Panadura
— 6 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Kataragama
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
10
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Bus:  5​h 15​min
11
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
13
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
14
Bentota
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Panadura
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  9​h
End: Dubai

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Colombo

Colombo
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Colombo is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 31°C. You'll set off for Panadura on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Panadura

Panadura ©
Panadura is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panadura: Kalutara (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kalutara Bodhiya, &more), Ratnapura (Kalthota Doowili Ella Falls, Kajugaswatta Temple, &more) and ONE FOUR BASE (in Wewila). And it doesn't end there: look for gifts at Palace Seaside, kick back and relax at Wadduwa Beach, make a trip to National Teelecommunication Museum , Sri Lanka, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Panadura Beach.

To plan Panadura vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Panadura takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Panadura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Ratnapura, ONE FOUR BASE, National Teelecommunication Museum , Sri Lanka, Palace Seaside
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Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Kajugaswatta Temple ©
Kajugaswatta Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Panadura to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

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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.
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress has been added to your itinerary. On the 14th (Tue), contemplate the long history of Yapahuwa Rock Fortress and then stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura road trip website .

Getting from Dambulla to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
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Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online visit planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Shopping Museums
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Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 15th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, don't miss a visit to Thuparama, then steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally stop by Nishantha Wood Carvings. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, then admire the landmark architecture of Kumara Pokuna, and then contemplate the long history of Lotus Pond.

To plan Polonnaruwa vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kandy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, make a trip to Demodara Loop, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Diyaluma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Bogoda Wooden Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunhinda Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhowa Rock Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kataragama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Diyaluma Falls
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Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Bogoda Wooden Bridge ©
Bogoda Wooden Bridge

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night
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. On the 21st (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kataragama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Kataragama takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Kataragama can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kataragama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Tissa Wewa
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

1
night
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.
Planning Yala National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Kataragama to Yala National Park with the Route module. In July, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will leave for Mirissa on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You've now added Dondra Head Lighthouse to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Dondra Head Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally look for gifts at Art Batiks.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online travel planner .

You can take a bus from Yala National Park to Mirissa in 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matara, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve has been added to your itinerary. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, go for a walk through Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galle vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, stroll through Coral Sanctuary, and then take in the exciting artwork at Genuine Batik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya, and then kick back and relax at Akurala Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Galle to Hikkaduwa takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Akurala Beach
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Coral Sanctuary ©
Coral Sanctuary
Genuine Batik ©
Genuine Batik
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya

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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid ul Abrar.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Bentota takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Bentota are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Panadura.

Things to do in Bentota

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Masjid ul Abrar
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Masjid ul Abrar ©
Masjid ul Abrar

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Panadura

Panadura ©
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Panadura: Kalutara (Holy Cross Church Kalutara & Fa Hien Caves). See even more of Panadura: get outside with The Marina, see the interesting displays at City of Gem Museum, and join the crowd at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit.

For more things to do, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Panadura trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Bentota to Panadura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Panadura

Fun & Games Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Sri Lanka Karting Circuit, The Marina, City of Gem Museum
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City of Gem Museum ©
City of Gem Museum
Holy Cross Church Kalutara ©
Holy Cross Church Kalutara

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