25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Colombo
— 4 nights
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
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Kalametiya
— 4 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
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Ella
— 3 nights
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 5 nights
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Colombo

— 4 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Waikkal (See Lanka Travels & Pio Ayurveda Center). Spend the 24th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, stop by Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop, and examine the collection at Colombo National Museum.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colombo holiday planning tool.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Copenhagen in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 4 nights
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: Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, get some fabulous bargains at Tea House, and kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Colombo to Unawatuna by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalametiya

— 4 nights
Kalametiya is known for wildlife, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: surround yourself with nature on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, discover the deep blue sea with Ruhunu Diving Center, take in the pleasant sights at Tuk Tuk Suranga, and explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kalametiya trip builder app.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. March in Kalametiya sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
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 7th (Sun), stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip planning website.

You can drive from Kalametiya to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 3 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Change things up with a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Ella, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella sightseeing planner.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trip

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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 (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Kandy

— 5 nights
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 Elephant Care Relief Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kandy vacation builder.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.