31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
Drive
7
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Sri Anjaneyar Temple for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya (in Boralesgamuwa) and Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara). Spend the 18th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: walk around Galle Face Green, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo online trip itinerary builder.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

4
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Warm Boutique, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galle online road trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

1
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Udawalawe National Park

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 24th (Tue), stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Galle to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks

2
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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. November in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
nights
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.
Sita Temple and Mahamevnawa Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Ella to go to Nuwara Eliya and see Hakgala Botanic Gardens, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Ella, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip builder tool.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Historic Sites

Side Trips

6
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Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Polonnaruwa and Pabalu Vehera will appeal to history buffs. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, take in the pleasant sights at Medirigiriya Vatadage, make a trip to Dalada Maluwa, and explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa route maker app.

Getting from Ella to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

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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 7th (Mon): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

4
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Mihintale and Isurumuniya Temple are in your itinerary. Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Yapahuwa to see Yapahuwa Rock Fortress about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

4
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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip builder app.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.