20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla
— 2 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
8
Galle
— 4 nights

2
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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online itinerary planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Dambulla is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 1.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mihintale, explore the ancient world of Vessagiri, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura attractions planning site.

Drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Kandy road trip planning app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Arugam Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. In July in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sat): kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ella journey planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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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 26th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 26:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
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 27th (Mon): stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park day trip tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Galle vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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