37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: New Delhi

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach will thrill your kids. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (LUV SL Negombo & DIANA Souvenirs). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, identify plant and animal life at Beddegana Wetland Park, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and stroll through Galle Face Green.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary maker site .

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. In January, Colombo is much hotter than New Delhi - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Beddegana Wetland Park, Kalutara Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach

6
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sinharaja Forest Reserve make great kid-friendly stops. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Tea Zone). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stroll through Ahungalla Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Turtle Care.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galle route tool .

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota, Kosgoda, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa
Find places to stay Jan 26 — Feb 1:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

7
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.
Attractions like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Millennium Elephant Foundation make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle (about 1h 15 min away). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kandy planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range
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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

6
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 Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya), Ramboda Falls (in Ramboda) and Kotmale Dam (in Kotmale). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, admire the sheer force of Devon Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Glenloch Tea Factory, Kotmale Dam
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Badulla (Bogoda Bridge, Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, & more), Haputale (Dambatenne Tea Factory, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, & more) and Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Head underground at Ravana's Cave, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ella journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Badulla, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kids will enjoy Safaris and Amanwella Silent Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tissamaharama side-trips: Ussangoda National Park (in Hambantota) and Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park). Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. There's much more to do: stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), explore the activities along Tissa Wewa, and don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park, Udawalawe National Park, Ussangoda National Park
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Amanwella Silent Beach ©
Amanwella Silent Beach

3
nights
Sigiriya

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.
Attractions like Minneriya National Park and Dhilip De Alwis make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Dambulla (The Golden Temple & Golden Cave Temple). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. On the 26th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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