23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Ankara, Turkey
Fly:  15 h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
2
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 15 min
7
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
8
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h
End: Ankara, Turkey

3
nights
Colombo

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: Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip planning website.

Ankara, Turkey to Colombo is an approximately 15- hour flight. You'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Ankara to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Ankara in October, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay tour planner.

Getting from Colombo to Arugam Bay by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ella day trip site.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 31st (Sat), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park road trip planning tool.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online route planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Go for a jaunt from Polonnaruwa to Kalkudah to see Passikudah Beach about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), and steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Passikudah Beach
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Pabalu Vehera ©
Pabalu Vehera

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, stop by Made In Ceylon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Galle online trip maker.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, then make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range and then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online route planner.

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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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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