27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kataragama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
8
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

4
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.
JF Tours has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Colombo to go to Ragama and see Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, which is approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Galle Face Green, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colombo trip maker app.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Jayawardanapura City, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:
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Safaris
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Bambaragala Viharaya
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Community Tsunami Museum, &more) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna trip maker app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Nandana Tea Factory, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 2:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): meet the residents at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then take an exotic tour of Lakpura. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park road trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or drive. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kataragama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

2
nights
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Kataragama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Kataragama takes 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kataragama

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Yala National Park
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 6:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

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: Fox Hill (in Badulla), Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir, Horton Plains National Park, &more) and Amba Estate (in Bandarawela). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stroll through Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ella online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Kataragama to Ella takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Fox Hill, Amba Estate, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 10:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 11th (Fri): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the long history of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Arugam Bay road trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

3
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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

Planning Sigiriya trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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