37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 5 nights
2
Galle
— 6 nights
3
Kandy
— 7 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
5
Ella
— 5 nights
6
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
7
Sigiriya
— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Negombo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara) and Negombo (LUV SL Negombo & DIANA Souvenirs). There's still lots to do: walk around Galle Face Green, stop by Stone 'N' String, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beddegana Wetland Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo travel route planner.

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from New Delhi in January, with highs in Colombo at °C and lows at °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Beach, Beddegana Wetland Park
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

6
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Attractions like Galle Fort and Jungle Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Tea Zone), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, stop by Embark, stroll through Kosgoda Turtle Care, and enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach.

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You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Kosgoda, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy sightseeing planner.

Fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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.
Kids will enjoy Horton Plains National Park and Bluefield Tea Gardens. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Kotmale Dam (in Kotmale) and Glenloch Tea Factory (in Katukitula). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, and look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotmale Dam, Glenloch Tea Factory
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Haputale (Dambatenne Tea Factory, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, &more), Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Badulla (Bogoda Wooden Bridge, Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, &more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planning app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to 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
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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 appreciate attractions like Safaris and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. When in Tissamaharama, make a side trip to see Udawalawe National Park in Udawalawe National Park, approximately Udawalawe National Park away. Spend the 23rd (Sat) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), explore the activities along Tissa Wewa, stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ussangoda National Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °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, Udawalawe National Park, Ussangoda National Park, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Safaris
Ussangoda National Park ©
Ussangoda National Park

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.
Step out of Sigiriya to go to Dambulla and see Golden Temple of Dambulla, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planning tool.

Getting from Tissamaharama to Sigiriya by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. 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

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

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