27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ohiya
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive
6
Bentota
— 4 nights
Train
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Colombo
— 5 nights
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Kandy

— 4 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online holiday planner.

Brisbane, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Brisbane to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 3 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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and deepen your understanding of the past and present with LG Lanka Tours.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ohiya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ohiya

— 1 night
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. On the 7th (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Baker's Falls and then head outdoors with Devil's Staircase.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ohiya trip maker website.

Drive from Sigiriya to Ohiya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Ohiya

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Ella

— 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Ohiya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 4 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirissa Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa (about 40 minutes away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or fly. In January, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota

— 4 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kids will enjoy Bentota Beach and Community Tsunami Museum. Take a break from Bentota with a short trip to Kalutara Beach in Kalutara, about 42 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Sea Turtle Hatchery, don't miss a visit to Bentota Bazaar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Bentota online travel route builder.

Getting from Unawatuna to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Colombo

— 5 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kids will enjoy Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens (in Avissawella) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). And it doesn't end there: stroll around Galle Face Green, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo vacation maker site.

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

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.