32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Dambulla
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

5
nights
Colombo

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: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). Spend the 18th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. April in Colombo sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo Beach, Diyasaru Park
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

5
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala), Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Devathura Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Bluefield Tea Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stroll through Ahungalla Beach, and browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

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

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Apr 25 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Kande-ela Reservoir, &more) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arch Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella itinerary planner.

Getting from Galle to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Dhowa Rock Temple, Lipton’s Seat, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon.

To find maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay road trip planning site.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay May 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas

3
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more) and Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay May 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Off-Road Tours

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

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 12th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park online travel route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. May in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

4
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Dambulla day trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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