21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle travel route planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Galle is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Kowilawatta Temple, Bentota Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

1
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Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): surround yourself with nature on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at UP Travels & Tours - Excursions.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Kalametiya tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Galle to Kalametiya takes 2.5 hours. August in Kalametiya sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Outdoors · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trips

Kahandamodara Beach, UP Travels & Tours - Excursions
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Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

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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.
On the 23rd (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On your second day here, make a trip to Kirinda Viharaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park attractions planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Kalametiya to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kirinda Viharaya
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

3
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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Ecowave Travels, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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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.
Step out of Ella to go to Koslanda and see Diyaluma Falls, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella visit app.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Diyaluma Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Sigiriya, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dambulla road trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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 See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy vacation maker tool.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, See Lanka Travels, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo, about 52 minutes away. Spend the 6th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and look for gifts at Lakarcade.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by combination of train and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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