22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Train
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
6
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Fly to Paris-Orly Airport

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, look for gifts at Urban Island, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planning website.

Paris, France to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Colombo is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get much hotter in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

2
nights
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sigiriya day trip planning app.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

4
nights
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Adam's Peak (Sri pada) as well as Ceylon Tea Museum. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

3
nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Hakgala Botanic Gardens in Nuwara Eliya (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Ella vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Outdoors

Side Trip

3
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.
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

4
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Sinharaja Forest Reserve as well as Nandana Tea Factory. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In February in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.