23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  16 h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Kandy
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16 h
End: Dublin

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Lak Gems & Jewellery (in Unawatuna), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll around Galle Face Green, take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online route planner .

Dublin, Ireland to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Colombo is 5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Dublin in July, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Lak Gems & Jewellery, Kowilawatta Temple, Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ella tour planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, contemplate the long history of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, and Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, nature, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Anuradhapura fast, fun, and easy.

Drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Step out of Trincomalee to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip maker.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

5
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.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip website .

Getting from Trincomalee to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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