21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Bentota
— 2 nights
2
Galle
— 4 nights
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 4 nights
6
Colombo
— 3 nights

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
We've included these beaches for you: Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum and Kowilawatta Temple. Take a break from Bentota with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, stop by Leather.lk, and contemplate the waterfront views at Bentota River.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Bentota online vacation planner.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bentota is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bentota. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in January, with highs in Bentota at °C and lows at °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Leather.lk, Kowilawatta Temple, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ahungalla Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Visit Hikkaduwa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Naga Viharaya) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Spas). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Galle road trip tool.

You can drive from Bentota to Galle in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Kandy Lake. Sigiriya and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs (in Dambulla) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary maker tool.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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 5th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sithulpawwa Rock Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kataragama, Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. Step out of the city life by going to Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ella attractions planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, thensee exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then walk around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Colombo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 13th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Shopping Tours

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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