27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  21​h
1
Bentota
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 8 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

5
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle), Katukurunda Beach (in Katukurunda) and Hikkaduwa (Narigama Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa). Spend the 29th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery, stop by Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Akurala Beach.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bentota vacation planner.

Sydney, Australia to Bentota is an approximately 21-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Bentota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in June, expect Bentota to be warmer, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Hikkaduwa, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Visit Jungle Beach and Medawatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Popular historic sites such as Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Unawatuna (Spas & Wellness, Unawatuna Beach, & more), Galle (Dalawella Beach & Sea Turtle Farm) and Matara Beach (in Matara). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa itinerary website .

You can drive from Bentota to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Matara, Galle
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ancient City of Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Step out of Sigiriya to go to Dambulla and see Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

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You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Mirissa to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Dambulla
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Ancient City of Sigiriya ©
Ancient City of Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse and Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. Go for a jaunt from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park to see Okanda Devalaya about 1h 05 min away.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay sightseeing planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Okanda Devalaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Viharaya ©
Muhudu Maha Viharaya

8
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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Spas & Wellness are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nelligala International Buddhist Center and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). Spend the 17th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Make the 20th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, Scuba & Snorkeling, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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