27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Uda Walawe 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
taxi + Fly:  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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes JF Tours. Step out of Colombo to go to Ragama and see Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama), which is approximately 44 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel planner .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In September, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, squeeze the most out of the city with City Tours, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip app .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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 ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Community Tsunami Museum, & more).

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach
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
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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 identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park tour itinerary tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kataragama.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC ©
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC

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): don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kataragama tour itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Kataragama takes 2 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Kataragama can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kataragama

Parks Nature 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
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Amba Estate (in Bandarawela), Fox Hill (in Badulla) and Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir, Horton Plains National Park, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, identify plant and animal life at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Kataragama to Ella in 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 Wildlife

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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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Fri): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, 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. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay holiday maker website .

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

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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