27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Taxi:  16​h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ohiya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bentota
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
7
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Brisbane

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kandy route planning website .

Brisbane, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Queensland) to India Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project
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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

3
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.
Take a break from Sigiriya with a short trip to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, head outdoors with LG Lanka Tours, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya travel planning site .

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ohiya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Ohiya

Ohiya ©
Ohiya is a rural village located in Badulla District of Uva Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Baker's Falls and then head outdoors with Devil's Staircase.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ohiya tour itinerary maker app .

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

Things to do in Ohiya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Baker's Falls
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Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Ohiya to Ella takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Lipton’s Seat, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa).

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip itinerary tool .

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Galle Fort, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Attractions like Bentota Beach and Beruwala Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara), Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Bentota Bazaar, and explore the activities along Bentota River.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Bentota trip planner .

Getting from Unawatuna to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. January in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beruwala Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Community Tsunami Museum, Kosgoda Turtle Care, Kalutara Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Negombo Beach and Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, and see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Negombo Beach, Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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