17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Bentota Beach in Bentota, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and look for gifts at Pendi.

For photos and tourist information, you can read our Colombo route planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In April, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Food Tours
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Safaris

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage), Buddha Statue (in Giritale) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Royal Botanical Gardens, Buddha Statue
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Unawatuna (Made In Ceylon & Jungle Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Mirissa Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and don't miss a visit to Parrot Rock Bridge.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Nandana Tea Factory, Galle Fort
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ella attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Yala National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 3.5 hours. In May in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

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.
On the 11th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Thuparama). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya travel route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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