21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  8 h
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Panadura
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train:  6 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Kataragama
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Panadura
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  9 h
End: Dubai

few
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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.
To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary planning website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Colombo is 1 hour. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Dubai in July: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 31°C. You'll set off for Panadura on the 6th (Mon).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

4
nights
Panadura

Panadura ©
Panadura is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. Change things up with these side-trips from Panadura: Kalutara (Ashokaramaya Temple, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Ratnapura (Kalthota Doowili Ella Falls & Kajugaswatta Temple). There's lots more to do: look for gifts at Palace Seaside, identify plant and animal life at Panadura Beach, and stroll through Wadduwa Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Panadura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Panadura takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Panadura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Ratnapura, Wadduwa Beach, Palace Seaside
Highlights from your plan
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Kajugaswatta Temple ©
Kajugaswatta Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Spas (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla attractions app.

Getting from Panadura to Dambulla by car takes about 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kandy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, make a trip to Demodara Loop, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Diyaluma Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Bogoda Wooden Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunhinda Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhowa Rock Temple.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Kataragama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

1
night
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. On the 20th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kataragama travel route builder.

Getting from Ella to Kataragama by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kataragama

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You've now added Dondra Head Lighthouse to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Dondra Head Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally look for gifts at Art Batiks.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online travel planner .

You can take a bus from Yala National Park to Mirissa in 5.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Fri) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 28th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, stroll through Coral Sanctuary, and then take in the exciting artwork at Genuine Batik. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya, and then kick back and relax at Akurala Beach.

For maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Galle to Hikkaduwa takes an hour. In July, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. On the 29th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Akurala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Coral Sanctuary ©
Coral Sanctuary
Genuine Batik ©
Genuine Batik
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya

2
nights
Panadura

Panadura ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Thudugala Ella waterfall and then get your game on at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Panadura trip planner.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Panadura in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Panadura

Outdoors Fun & Games Parks

Side Trips

Thudugala Ella waterfall, Sri Lanka Karting Circuit, The Marina
Highlights from your plan
Thudugala Ella waterfall ©
Thudugala Ella waterfall

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