38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel route planner

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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Kalametiya
— 5 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 6 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights

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Dambulla

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Spas (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Anuradhapura

— 4 nights
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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura day trip site.

You can drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Kandy

— 5 nights
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: Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

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Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 5 nights

Little England

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 Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Kirindi Ella (in Pelmadulla) and Kirigalpoththa Hike (in Ohiya). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya travel route builder tool.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ella

— 4 nights
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 Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Highlights from your trip

Kalametiya

— 5 nights
Kalametiya is known for wildlife, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kalametiya Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalametiya trip planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Kalametiya by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February in Kalametiya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Galle

— 6 nights
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 Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stop by Sithma Gems & Jewellery, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip tool.

Drive from Kalametiya to Galle in 2.5 hours. In February in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Colombo

— 5 nights
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: Negombo (Negombo Beach & St. Anne's Church) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 23rd (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, stop by Urban Island, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.