22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h
1
Galle
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
6
Dambulla
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Sydney

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum.

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Sydney, Australia to Galle is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney to Galle, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Galle is a bit warmer than Sydney - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Colombo, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy online trip itinerary maker .

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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 find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park travel itinerary planner .

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. April in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla itinerary planning app .

Fly from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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