28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Panadura
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

2
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, nature, parks, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

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Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Spend the 2nd (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip maker .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, then make a trip to Kandy view point, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve and then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel site .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
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.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, parks, shopping, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Moon Plains.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya tour itinerary planning site .

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

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.
Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya in Wellawaya, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ella day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to travel to Panadura.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

7
nights
Panadura

Panadura is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Panadura: Kalutara (Kalutara Bodhiya, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Ratnapura (Maha Saman Dewalaya, Kajugaswatta Temple, & more) and ONE FOUR BASE (in Wewila). And it doesn't end there: stop by Palace Seaside, stroll through Panadura Beach, get your game on at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit, and get outside with The Marina.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Panadura trip planning app .

Getting from Ella to Panadura by car takes about 5.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Panadura are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Panadura

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Ratnapura, Wadduwa Beach, Sri Lanka Karting Circuit, Palace Seaside
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kajugaswatta Temple ©
Kajugaswatta Temple
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 19th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary site .

Drive from Panadura to Galle in 2 hours. February in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Step out of Mirissa to go to Dikwella and see Blow Hole Hummanaya, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Mirissa Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Snake Farm.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle, Blow Hole Hummanaya
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

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