28 days in Sri Lanka & Emirate of Dubai Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka & Emirate of Dubai Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka & Emirate of Dubai Itinerary

Start: Ahmedabad, India
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
— 14 nights
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 30​min
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
7
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Ahmedabad, India

14
nights
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai ©
Take a holiday in Dubai to experience a mix of excitement, entertainment, and relaxation.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dubai: Abu Dhabi (The Corniche, Bur Dubai Grand Mosque, & more). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Burj Khalifa, take in the waterfront at Dubai Creek, observe the fascinating underwater world at Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, and cool off at Atlantis Aquaventure Waterpark.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Dubai trip planning app .

Ahmedabad, India to Dubai is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from India Standard Time (IST) to Gulf Standard Time (GST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Ahmedabad in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Dubai, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dubai

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Abu Dhabi, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 31:
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Burj Khalifa ©
Burj Khalifa
The Dubai Mall ©
The Dubai Mall
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque ©
Bur Dubai Grand Mosque

1
night
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and finally stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna trip app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Dubai to Unawatuna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dubai in January: high temperatures in Unawatuna hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Kandy view point, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy tour planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel 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 ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay itinerary planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip maker app .

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. 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 National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the natural beauty at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya day trip planning tool .

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. 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
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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