22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Brisbane
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Induruwa
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
train:  45​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Dambulla
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
8
Negombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Brisbane


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1
day
Induruwa

Induruwa ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Induruwa attractions website .

Brisbane, Australia to Induruwa is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Brisbane to Induruwa is minus 4 hours. January in Induruwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Induruwa

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Get some cultural insight at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Take a break from Unawatuna with a short trip to Narigama Beach in Hikkaduwa, about 38 minutes away.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online road trip planner .

Getting from Induruwa to Unawatuna by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Weligama Beach, kick back and relax at Matara Beach, and then kick back and relax at Polhena Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Unawatuna to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. January in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Matara
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Alagalla Mountain Range. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Udawattekele Sanctuary are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy online route planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
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.
Visiting Little Adam's Peak and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Thangamale Bird Sanctuary (in Haputale) and Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Hakgala Botanic Gardens). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ella visit planning site .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale
Find places to stay Jan 9 — 12:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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 13th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple and then pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park online day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. January in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kataragama Temple
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:
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Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

3
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 the city and head to The Golden Temple and Hurulu Eco Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sigiriya World Heritage Site and Golden Cave Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Minneriya National Park) and Sigiriya Craft Village (in Sigiriya).

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla tour itinerary builder site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Negombo Beach and River Rafting & Tubing. Get some historical perspective at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Negombo: Colombo (National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, Galle Face Green, & more) and Beddegana Wetland Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura). There's more to do: look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Negombo tour builder website .

Getting from Dambulla to Negombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Colombo, Beddegana Wetland Park
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 20:
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
River Rafting & Tubing

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