28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hambantota
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  21​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 7th (Tue), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly. Traveling from London to Colombo, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In April, Colombo is warmer than London - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

St. Mary's Church
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): look for gifts at Cara Jewellers and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Galle tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers
Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery ©
Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mirissa trip builder website .

Getting from Galle to Mirissa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In April in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
day
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hambantota online tour planner .

Drive from Mirissa to Hambantota in 2.5 hours. April in Hambantota sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Hambantota to Uda Walawe National Park takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
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.
Horton Plains National Park has been added to your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Buduruwagala and R. M. S Antique And Brassware. When in Ella, make a side trip to see Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, approximately 1h 50 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Buduruwagala, Horton Plains National Park
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kandy, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ella to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Isurumuniya Temple. Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Habarana to see Dambulla Cave Temple about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, make a trip to Mihintale, and delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately 50 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, make a trip to Fort Frederick, and see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee day trip planning app .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gal Vihara and Somawathiya Stupa. Go for a jaunt from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya to see Sigiriya World Heritage Site about 2 hours away. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, contemplate the waterfront views at Samudra Parakrama, and contemplate the long history of Atadage.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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