27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey planner

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hyderabad
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Galle
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Bentota
— 3 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  3 h 45 min
End: Hyderabad

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Asgiriya Maha Viharaya are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy War Cemetery and Kandy Lake. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, and look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy tour itinerary planning site .

Hyderabad, India to Kandy is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 7 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

4
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
We've included these beaches for you: Nilaveli Beach and Uppuveli. Museum-lovers will appreciate Orr's Hill Army Museum and Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trincomalee: Polonnaruwa (Lankathilaka Image House, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, & more). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee day trip website .

Getting from Kandy to Trincomalee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Nilaveli Beach
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruwanwelisaya and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Popular historic sites such as Sigiriya and Isurumuniya Temple are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Sigiriya (Sigiriya Museum & Pethikada) and Habarana (Safaris & Minneriya National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura day trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Safaris, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park trip maker website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Uda Walawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In September in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lipton’s Seat and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. You'll discover tucked-away gems like R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale. Venture out of the city with trips to Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Safaris (in Tissamaharama). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Haputale, Horton Plains National Park
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Safaris

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Tsunami Photo Museum and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Popular historic sites such as Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Galle Fort are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tangalle, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

3
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Ahungalla Beach will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya, and enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Bentota journey planner .

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In September, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Kande Viharaya Temple, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

Similar Plans

29 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM RUSSIA December, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 28 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM BELGIUM September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 38 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SLOVAKIA November, popular sights PREFERENCES: November ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 7 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, kids, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA August, kids, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, kids, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 10 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ISRAEL October, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: October, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 5 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES August, teens, kids, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 26 days in Maldives, Sri Lanka & Nepal BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA August, popular sights PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM THAILAND October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 44 days in Asia BY A USER FROM NEW ZEALAND September, popular sights PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 53 days in Asia BY A USER FROM IRELAND January, popular sights PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 35 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, popular sights PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans