28 days in Sri Lanka & Emirate of Dubai Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka & Emirate of Dubai Itinerary

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1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 14 nights
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
4
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
6
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
7
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights

14
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Get out of town with these interesting Dubai side-trips: Abu Dhabi (The Corniche, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in panoramic vistas at Burj Khalifa, cool off at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark, buy something for everyone on your list at Souk Madinat Jumeirah, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Dubai online tour itinerary builder.

Ahmedabad, India to Dubai is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time to Gulf Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Dubai, with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dubai

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Abu Dhabi, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque ©
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall

1
night
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thenkick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary website.

Getting from Dubai to Unawatuna by flight takes about 9 hours. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Unawatuna due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in January, expect Unawatuna to be somewhat warmer, temps between °C and °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
On the 5th (Sun), kick back and relax at Arugam Bay, thenmake a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

2
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, thenadmire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, thentake in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ella sightseeing planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park day trip website.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

3
nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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.
On the 11th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thendon't miss a visit to Sigiriya, thentake in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, thenstroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip builder app.

You can fly from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Dambulla, Habarana, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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