23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey maker
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 3 nights
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Bentota
— 5 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights
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Kandy — 3 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, go from sight to sight with Transportation, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

Make your Kandy itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to Kandy is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Jeddah to Kandy is 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.
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Dambulla — 3 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Step out of Dambulla with an excursion to Pidurangala Rock in Sigiriya--about 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip website.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 3 nights

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Sita Temple make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya day trip planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Nuwara Eliya in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galle.
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Galle — 3 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Bring the kids along to Galle Fort and Lihiniya Gems. Step out of Galle with an excursion to Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Jungle Beach, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galle trip builder site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Galle in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bentota.
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Bentota — 5 nights

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Bentota Beach and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara) and Madu River (in Balapitiya). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stop by LankaLIKE.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.
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Colombo — 5 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Bring the kids along to Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Safaris. Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo, about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colombo online road trip planner.

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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Galle District travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Historic Sites