28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner
Make it your trip
Drive
1
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo
8
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive
9
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive

S M T W T F S
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18

Ella — 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ella journey builder.

Hambantota to Ella is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. May in Ella sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.
more
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya — 3 nights

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Go for a jaunt from Nuwara Eliya to Ohiya to see Devil's Staircase about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Start your trip to Nuwara Eliya by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.
more
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trip

Arugam Bay — 4 nights

Spend the 29th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.
more
Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay May 26 — 30:

Polonnaruwa — 2 nights

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): contemplate the long history of Manik Vehera and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Pabalu Vehera and then don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Polonnaruwa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Dambulla.
more
Historic Sites

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.
On the 2nd (Thu), see Off-Road Tours and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, and finally browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Nilaveli.
more
Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips

Nilaveli — 2 nights

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 4th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach and then head outdoors with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nilaveli road trip website.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
more
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trip

Kandy — 4 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, and sightseeing. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online travel route planner.

Drive from Nilaveli to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Colombo.
more
Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Museums
Side Trips

Colombo — 4 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Pio Ayurveda Center (in Waikkal) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Sri Lanka(MMCA), and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo itinerary builder website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Colombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galle.
more
Parks · Museums · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips

Galle — 3 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Step out of Galle with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Mirissa--about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip website.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive back home.
more
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Beaches
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jun 13 — 16:

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.2
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.
more