28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Train + Taxi:  2​h
4
Bentota
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Matale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
11
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Doha

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Colombo National Museum and Ganeshism Studio Gallery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Bandaranaike Museum and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, look for gifts at Urban Island, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colombo tour itinerary planner.

Doha, Qatar to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Doha to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Doha in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colombo, with lows of 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. For shopping fun, head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware or Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. Venture out of the city with trips to Ella (Honey Bee Garden & Demodara Nine Arch Bridge). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, try your luck at Royal Turf Club, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and admire the sheer force of Mohini falls.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya travel route app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ella
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Ceylon Tea Museum and Raja Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hindagala Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planning tool .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Relax by the water at Bentota Beach and Jungle Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Hikkaduwa (Narigama Beach & Hikkaduwa Beach), Unawatuna (Spas & Wellness & Mihiripenna Beach) and Galle Fort (in Galle). It doesn't end there: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Bentota sightseeing planning website .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Matale.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center, Tsunami Photo Museum, Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
On the 18th (Mon), take a peaceful walk through Riverstone Gap, then deepen your understanding at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then examine the collection at Aakarsha Gem House, and finally look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Knuckles Mountain Range, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Muthumariamman Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Matale visit planning app .

Getting from Bentota to Matale by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Matale are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Matale

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Karu Arts & Crafts
Highlights from your plan
Knuckles Mountain Range ©
Knuckles Mountain Range
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple ©
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Arankelle Ancient Monastery, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. On your second day here, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna.

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Drive from Matale to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Habarana, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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.
On the 22nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online vacation planner .

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Spas
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and then steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Somawathiya Stupa, make a trip to Thuparama, contemplate the long history of Hetadage, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

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Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, then snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). On the next day, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

1
night
Kalpitiya

Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kudawa Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Kalpitiya trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kalpitiya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church. On your second day here, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, stop by Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Sebastian’s Church.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Negombo day trip site .

Explore your travel options from Kalpitiya to Negombo with the Route module. In November in Negombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Fishing Charters & Tours

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