27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Bentota (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Bentota Beach). Spend the 31st (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, and visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Udawalawe National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. November in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 2:

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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.
Here are some ideas for day two: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. November in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 8:

4
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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: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 12:

4
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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Galle (Galle Fort & Sinharaja Forest Reserve), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an exotic tour of Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Ella to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. November in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 20:

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Pinnawala

The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with See Lanka Travels.

To see maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Pinnawala can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 20 — 21:

3
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Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla attractions planning app.

Getting from Pinnawala to Dambulla by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 24:

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.