17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Bentota
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

2
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 some cultural insight at Colombo National Museum and Borella All Saints Church. Escape the urban bustle at Negombo Beach and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, stop by DIANA Souvenirs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo trip planner.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo. In June, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Change things up with a short trip to Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum in Ramboda (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

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Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally make a trip to Mihintale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura travel tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Ancient City of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya vacation planning app .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

Planning Ella trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Visit Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Mihiripenna Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Change things up with a short trip to Tsunami Photo Museum in Telwatta (about 50 minutes away).

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In June in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya, then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Richmond Castle, then make a trip to Kalutara Bodhiya, and then enjoy the sea views from Barberyn Island Lighthouse.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Bentota trip planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Community Tsunami Museum, Kande Viharaya Temple, Barberyn Island Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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