27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly + Taxi:  7 h 30 min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Ella
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: Abu Dhabi

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and don't miss a visit to Kandy Clock Tower.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy tour itinerary maker tool.

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Kandy is an approximately 9- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Bambaragala Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

3
nights
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.
Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Kekirawa and see Avukana Buddha Statue, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, make a trip to Isinbassagala, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip builder website.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Avukana Buddha Statue
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

2
nights
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.
On the 17th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya journey builder.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip site.

Getting from Sigiriya to Yala National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Sita Temple & Horton Plains National Park) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Tissamaharama
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Safaris

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna journey planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs & Negombo Beach), Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Jayawardanapura City, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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