22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly
7
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Melbourne

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Colombo

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in November: highs in Colombo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Kandy

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then make a trip to Kandy view point, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kandy attractions planning site.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Unawatuna

— 3 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read Unawatuna online attractions planner.

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ella

— 2 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or fly. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Arugam Bay trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Yala National Park

— 1 night
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 find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will leave for Sigiriya on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Sigiriya

— 5 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, deepen your understanding of the past and present with LG Lanka Tours, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 2 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planning site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
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.