27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Kandy
— 4 nights
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
3
Ella
— 4 nights
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
5
Bentota
— 4 nights
6
Colombo
— 5 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Arankelle Ancient Monastery and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Museum-lovers will appreciate World Buddhist Museum and Aakarsha Gem House. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, and engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy route planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Kandy. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Elephant Freedom Project, Aakarsha Gem House, 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

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get in touch with nature at Minneriya National Park and Safaris.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya day trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Safaris
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Get outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park & Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya) and Lake Richmond (in Haputale). There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ella day trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Lake Richmond
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes. Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or fly. In July, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Get outdoors at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Community Tsunami Museum and Sri Vijayarama Viharaya. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Akurala Beach (in Akurala). Spend the 15th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Bentota road trip planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Ahungalla Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Kowilawatta Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get a sense of the local culture at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, examine the collection at Traditional Puppet Art Museum, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colombo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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