29 days in Sri Lanka & Chennai Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka & Chennai Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka & Chennai Itinerary

Start: Toronto, Canada
Fly:  22​h 30​min
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
4
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
7
Chennai, India
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Toronto, Canada

3
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Nature & Wildlife Tours, DIANA Souvenirs, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colombo planner .

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. Traveling from Toronto to Colombo, you'll lose 10 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Toronto in May, with highs in Colombo at 38°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

4
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, meet the residents at Sea Turtle Hatchery, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip planner .

Drive from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

For more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Tissamaharama, Sri Lanka

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Take a break from Tissamaharama with a short trip to Udawalawe National Park in Uda Walawe National Park, about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 19th (Sun) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, and don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama day trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Tissamaharama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. May in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Udawalawe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

4
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park), Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park) and Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Buduruwagala
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

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 26th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 27th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla planning tool .

Drive from Ella to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Chennai.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Chennai, India

Chennai ©
Chennai, a city hailed for its vibrant atmosphere and historic attractions, remains one of the most visited places in India.
Explore Chennai's surroundings by going to Mahabalipuram (Sea Shore Temple, Pancha Rathas, & more). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at The Madras Crocodile Bank Trust and Centre for Herpetology, take in the architecture and atmosphere at San Thome Church, see the interesting displays at Vivekananda House- Multimedia Cultural Museum, and don't miss a visit to New Life Assembly of God.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Chennai travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Chennai in 7 hours. In May, daytime highs in Chennai are 44°C, while nighttime lows are 32°C. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Chennai

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mahabalipuram, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams
Highlights from your plan
Sea Shore Temple ©
Sea Shore Temple
Pancha Rathas ©
Pancha Rathas
Marina Beach ©
Marina Beach

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