22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kaunas
+3
train + Fly + foot + bus:  21​h
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Colombo
— 5 nights
+2
Fly + train + bus:  20​h
End: Kaunas

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 Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

Kaunas, Lithuania to Kandy is an approximately 21-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kaunas to Kandy is 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Attractions like Mirissa Beach and Medawatta Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Matara Beach (in Matara). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Snake Farm, stop by LAZY.RIDE, and enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Mirissa journey builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

4
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.
Attractions like Hikkaduwa Beach and Narigama Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Jungle Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Mohini falls (in Nuwara Eliya) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ella journey app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mohini falls, Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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 enjoy Negombo Beach and National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Avissawella to see Seethawaka Wet Zone Botanic Gardens about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colombo online trip builder .

Getting from Sigiriya to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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