23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
4
Ella
— 3 nights
5
Mirissa
— 3 nights
6
Bentota
— 5 nights

2
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Nelligala International Buddhist Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Sri Muthumariamman Temple (in Matale). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Embekke Devalaya, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Toronto, Canada to Kandy is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Kandy is 10.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Embekke Devalaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Sri Muthumariamman Temple
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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.
Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Vatadage will appeal to history buffs. Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa, Gal Vihara, &more). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Pidurangala Rock, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and Kataragama Temple will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Tissamaharama to Yala National Park to see Yala National Park about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 4th (Thu) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip planning tool.

Getting from Dambulla to Tissamaharama by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. July in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Kataragama Temple, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris

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.
When in Ella, make a side trip to see Diyaluma Falls in Koslanda, approximately Koslanda away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Ella takes 2 hours. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Diyaluma Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Visit Mirissa Beach and Medawatta Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Galle Fort (in Galle) and Unawatuna (Spas & Wellness, Jungle Beach, &more). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and don't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip site.

You can drive from Ella to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Matara, Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

5
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kande Viharaya Temple and Kowilawatta Temple will appeal to history buffs. Visit Bentota Beach and Beruwala Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Bentota's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Narigama Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, &more) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). Spend the 14th (Sun) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach and stop by Sriyan Jewellers.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Bentota tour builder.

You can drive from Mirissa to Bentota in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Beruwala, Kande Viharaya Temple, Kowilawatta Temple, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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