24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Moscow
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Moscow

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). Spend the 8th (Mon) surrounded by wildlife at Elephant Freedom Project. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, Head underground at Bambaragala Viharaya, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy itinerary builder website .

Moscow, Russia to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Moscow to Kandy is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Habarana
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Yala National Park

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.
On the 13th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sella Kataragama Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park route builder app .

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya 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 July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 15th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online road trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Hakgala Botanic Gardens & Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya). 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, make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

You can plan Ella trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Unawatuna

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach).

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna travel route site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Hikkaduwa Beach, Galle Fort
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

5
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: Kalutara (Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Spend the 25th (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by train from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Western Province, Kalutara, National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 27:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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