20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
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Trincomalee
— 3 nights
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Ella
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 7 nights

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 22nd (Sat), see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Lakarcade, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In August, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, indulge in some culinary diversions at Withlocals, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla day trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Step out of Trincomalee to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Dambulla to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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.
Ella is known for nature, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ella tour planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Ella takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Safaris (in Beruwala). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Sithma Gems & Jewellery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach.

Discover how to plan a Galle trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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