23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip maker

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Colombo
— 3 nights
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 5 nights
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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: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary maker app.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in May, with highs in Colombo at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Sigiriya

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Tue), Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya online itinerary planner.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park day trip planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Ella

— 3 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Hakgala Botanic Gardens & Kolapathana Falls) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ella online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

Side Trips

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Arugam Bay.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online holiday planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Yala National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, play a few rounds at RB Tours Srilanka, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

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You can fly from Yala National Park to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trips

Galle

— 5 nights
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: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge), Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Galle travel planning site.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.