21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— Few hours
2
Panadura
— 4 nights
3
Dambulla
— 3 nights
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Kataragama
— 1 night
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
8
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
9
Panadura
— 2 nights

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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 other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip maker app.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Dubai to Colombo, you'll lose 1.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Colombo is slightly colder than Dubai - with highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C. On the 7th (Tue), you're off to Panadura.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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4
nights
Panadura

Panadura ©
Panadura is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. Explore Panadura's surroundings by going to Kalutara (Ashokaramaya Temple, Kalutara Bodhiya, &more), Palace Seaside (in Waskaduwa) and Kajugaswatta Temple (in Ratnapura). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Panadura Beach, and stroll through Kalutara Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Panadura trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Panadura in 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Panadura can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Panadura

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Palace Seaside, Kajugaswatta Temple, Wadduwa Beach
Find places to stay Jul 7 — 12:
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Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Kajugaswatta Temple ©
Kajugaswatta Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Spas (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla itinerary planner.

You can drive from Panadura to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Spas, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 15:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
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.
On the 15th (Wed), pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue and then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 17th (Fri), you're off to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): take in nature's colorful creations 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, admire the sheer force of Dunhinda Falls, and then don't miss a visit to Dhowa Rock Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Ella attractions website.

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to 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
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls

1
night
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kataragama attractions planner.

Getting from Ella to Kataragama by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kataragama

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 20:
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Dondra Head Lighthouse has been added to your itinerary.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kataragama to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. July in Mirissa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

2
nights
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.
Hikkaduwa is known for beaches, wildlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the exciting artwork at Genuine Batik, kick back and relax at Akurala Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Hikkaduwa Harbour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online vacation maker.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Panadura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Akurala Beach
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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Coral Sanctuary ©
Coral Sanctuary
Genuine Batik ©
Genuine Batik
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya

2
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Panadura

Panadura ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Thudugala Ella waterfall and then have some family-friendly fun at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Panadura trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Panadura takes 2 hours. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Panadura

Outdoors · Fun & Games · Nature

Side Trips

Thudugala Ella waterfall, The Marina, Sri Lanka Karting Circuit
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
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Sri Lanka Karting Circuit ©
Sri Lanka Karting Circuit
Thudugala Ella waterfall ©
Thudugala Ella waterfall

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