28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  45​min
2
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
9
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
10
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 15​min
11
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
12
Nilaveli
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  4​h
13
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
14
Puttalam
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
15
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Bus + Foot + Fly:  31​h
End: Toronto

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip planning app .

Toronto, Canada to Colombo is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Colombo is 10 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in July, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 4th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, and finally get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dutch Fort ©
Dutch Fort

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala online trip maker .

Drive from Negombo to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 5th (Fri), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya day trip site .

Drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella route planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Ella. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
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.
On the 11th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, then relax in the rural setting at Ambewela Farms, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Horton Plains National Park. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

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

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

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
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 13th (Sat), kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then stroll through Bentota Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sun): explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa day trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In July, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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 15th (Mon): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then steep yourself in history at Clock Tower, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary maker website .

Galle is just a stone's throw from Hikkaduwa. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. On the 17th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pasikudah Beach. On the 22nd (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasikudah Beach.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip website .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Kalkudah takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

3
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, go to the Nilaveli online journey maker .

Drive from Kalkudah to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Highlights from your plan
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, then stroll through Casuarina Beach, and finally steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaffna trip website .

Getting from Nilaveli to Jaffna by combination of taxi and train takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Puttalam.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

1
night
Puttalam

Puttalam
Puttalam is a large town in Puttalam District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne’s Church.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Puttalam road trip site .

You can drive from Jaffna to Puttalam in 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Puttalam

Historic Sites

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nights
Hikkaduwa

Kick off your visit on the 25th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beruwala Beach, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa. Here are some ideas for day two: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Puttalam to Hikkaduwa takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Beruwala, Madu River, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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