27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

27 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Train + Taxi:  2 h
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Rekawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
8
Colombo
— 5 nights
End: Colombo

2
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, catch a live event at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Dambulla online road trip planner.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Kotmale Dam (in Kotmale) and Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel planning app.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Kotmale Dam, Knuckles Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 20th (Thu), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by Dress Palace, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Weligama Beach, thenkick back and relax at Matara Beach, and then kick back and relax at Polhena Beach.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa online vacation planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Mirissa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. September in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Weligama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

3
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 get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Beruwala Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach), Embark (in Galle) and Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour, and enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Rekawa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Unawatuna, Embark, Beruwala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

3
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
You'll get in some beach time at Medilla Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Rekawa: Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Wewurukannala Vihara (in Dikwella). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, and stroll through Pallikkudawa Fanda Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Rekawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Rekawa takes 2.5 hours. September in Rekawa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park, Wewurukannala Vihara, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Amanwella Silent Beach ©
Amanwella Silent Beach
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 28th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), thentake an exotic tour of Lakpura, and then admire the engineering at Udawalawe Dam.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park online tour planner.

Getting from Rekawa to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Dam ©
Udawalawe Dam

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ella to Nuwara Eliya to see Horton Plains National Park about 1h 55 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Baker's Falls, Horton Plains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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.
Relax by the water at Mount Lavinia Beach and Panadura Beach. When in Colombo, make a side trip to see Negombo Beach in Negombo, approximately Negombo away. There's lots more to do: walk around Galle Face Green, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, catch a live event at R. Premadasa Stadium, and don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo vacation tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Colombo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Beddegana Wetland Park, Panadura Beach
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach

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