32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  5 h 15 min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
9
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

Mumbai, India to Galle is an approximately 5.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. In May in Galle, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 2:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kandy road trip tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Bentota (Bentota Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colombo online road trip planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, and look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

To plan Nuwara Eliya vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Devathura Falls, Bambarakanda Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Tissamaharama, Dhowa Rock Temple, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Safaris

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, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay attractions website.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas

2
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Plan my day in Yala National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In June, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Anuradhapura by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

3
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: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla visit planning site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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