21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Brussels
Fly + Taxi:  15 h
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Brussels

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill, Mirissa Beach, &more) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, take in the waterfront activity at Hikkaduwa Harbour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galle itinerary site.

Brussels, Belgium to Galle is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Brussels to Galle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in May, expect Galle to be warmer, temps between 38°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala (Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Peradeniya, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
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 19th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Kandy to Yala National Park by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella online tour itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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 24th (Sun), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

Plan a trip to Udawalawe National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Sath Paththini Devalaya). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary builder site.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Step out of Colombo to go to Bentota and see Bentota Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Lakarcade, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planning website.

Getting from Sigiriya to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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