23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Colombo
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 2 nights
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Yala National Park
— 1 night
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
7
Ella
— 2 nights
8
Sigiriya
— 5 nights

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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, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mihintale, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura road trip website.

Cairo, Egypt to Anuradhapura is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna

3
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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the striking features of Temple of the Gadaladenia, see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

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

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.
Spend the 2nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, stop by Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop, and browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Colombo, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Colombo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Golf
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA ©
MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA

2
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and finally stop by Made In Ceylon. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip planner.

Getting from Galle to Yala National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

3
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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay route maker website.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

2
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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.
On the 10th (Fri), stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. On your second day here, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and then admire the artistry at dee tattoo studio ella.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Fun & Games
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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Sigiriya

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Wasgamuwa National Park (in Polonnaruwa), Safaris (in Habarana) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). Spend the 15th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya Fortress ©
Sigiriya Fortress
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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