27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  21 h
1
Negombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
5
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
7
Kandy
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  26 h
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Chabad House. Change things up with these side-trips from Negombo: Colombo (St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo, Borella All Saints Church, & more). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, stop by LUV SL Negombo, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Negombo trip builder app .

Montreal, Canada to Negombo is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 10 hours traveling from Montreal to Negombo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect a bit warmer days and warmer nights in Negombo, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Colombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
On the 7th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park. On your second day here, make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Wilpattu National Park. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Escape the urban bustle at Udawalawe National Park and Horton Plains National Park. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ella (Ravana Ella Falls & Little Adam's Peak) and Ohiya (Horton Plains National Park & Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail). It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary app .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Udawalawe National Park, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

4
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Narigama Beach. Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle (EXOTIC ROOTS, Galle Fort, & more) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach and identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm.

For photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by LAZY.RIDE. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, and then kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary website .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Medawatta Beach, Mihiripenna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

6
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.
Get outdoors at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Lake. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy will appeal to history buffs. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Kegalle to see Elephant Freedom Project about 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kandy trip maker app .

Getting from Mirissa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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