22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 3 nights

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Kandy

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip maker tool.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Anuradhapura

— 3 nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Dambulla to see Golden Temple of Dambulla about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 15:

Sigiriya

— 2 nights
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.
On the 16th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 17:

Trincomalee

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sigiriya to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 17 — 20:

Arugam Bay

— 4 nights
Spend the 21st (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online vacation builder.

Drive from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 20 — 24:

Ella

— 2 nights
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 25th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ella planning tool.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
Find places to stay Aug 24 — 26:

Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach and then take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

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Traveling by car from Ella to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 28:

Colombo

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 31st (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Lakarcade, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Colombo itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. August in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 28 — 31:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.