27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  18​h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Bentota
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
6
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Sydney

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.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Arankelle Ancient Monastery for their historical value. Get outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Aakarsha Gem House (in Matale), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, learn more about the world around you at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip planning site .

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Kandy. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Aakarsha Gem House, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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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 Golden Temple of Dambulla and Ancient City of Sigiriya. Visiting Minneriya National Park and Safaris will get you outdoors.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya day trip planning app .

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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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 in touch with nature at Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. R. M. S Antique And Brassware and I Love Ceylon Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park & Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya) and Lake Richmond (in Haputale). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella road trip site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Wildlife

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 ©
Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 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
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sri Vijayarama Viharaya and Kowilawatta Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Bentota side-trips: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Kalutara (Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum & West Coast Tattoo Studio). Spend the 15th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Akurala Beach, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Bentota trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. July in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Community Tsunami Museum, Kowilawatta Temple, Ahungalla Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Negombo Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Let the collections at Colombo National Museum and The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation capture your imagination. Change things up with a short trip to Sri Lanka Air Force Museum in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (about 38 minutes away). Spend the 20th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, explore the world behind art at Saskia Fernando Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

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Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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