22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bristol
+2
Train + Fly + Taxi:  16 h 30 min
1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
2
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
5
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
7
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly + Train:  14 h 15 min
End: Bristol

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.
Take a break from Dambulla with a short trip to Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

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Bristol, UK to Dambulla is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge, make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary builder website .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Horton Plains National Park, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Safaris
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa).

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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 (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Jumbos
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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

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo route maker app .

Fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

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