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:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
4
Bentota
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
5
Matale
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Ganeshism Studio Gallery and Urban Island. You'll explore and learn at Colombo National Museum and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

Plan my day in Colombo using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time to India Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Doha in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Colombo, with lows of 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can 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 ©
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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.
Visit Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya for their historical value. Get outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ella (R. M. S Antique And Brassware, Honey Bee Garden, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, try your luck at Royal Turf Club, and admire the sheer force of Mohini falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary maker site .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ella
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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.
Shop till you drop at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Hindagala Temple. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kandy holiday planner.

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Escape the urban bustle at Bentota Beach and Jungle Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Narigama Beach & Hikkaduwa Beach), Unawatuna (Spas & Wellness & Mihiripenna Beach) and Galle Fort (in Galle). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip planner .

You can 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. In November in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Matale.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
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 your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Riverstone Gap, then stroll through Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then see the interesting displays at Aakarsha Gem House, and finally look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Muthumariamman Temple, and then Head underground at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Matale itinerary maker app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Bentota to Matale takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Matale are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can 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.
On the 20th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Arankelle Ancient Monastery, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, savor the flavors 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.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Matale to Dambulla takes 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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary builder .

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

Nature Parks 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, and then steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa, don't miss a visit to Thuparama, delve into the distant past at Hetadage, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip planner .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 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
Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

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 make a trip to Mihintale, then take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and finally take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Wed): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can 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): enjoy the sand and surf at Kudawa Beach and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kalpitiya holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kalpitiya takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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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): take an exotic tour of a safari tour, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour, then stop by Kalpana's Batik & Souvenirs, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church.

To see reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Negombo sightseeing planning website .

You can drive from Kalpitiya to Negombo in 3 hours. In November, daytime highs in Negombo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up 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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