32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  11​h
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Puttalam
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kalkudah
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Haputale
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
7
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Hambantota
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Galle
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
10
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Melbourne

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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Negombo trip maker tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Melbourne to Negombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in July, expect Negombo to be much hotter, temps between 35°C and 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sat) before leaving for Puttalam.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Angurukaramulla Temple ©
Angurukaramulla Temple
Dutch Fort ©
Dutch Fort

2
nights
Puttalam

Puttalam
Puttalam is a large town in Puttalam District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne’s Church.

For reviews and more tourist information, go to the Puttalam vacation planner.

You can drive from Negombo to Puttalam in 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Puttalam are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You'll set off for Trincomalee on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Puttalam

Historic Sites

5
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Change things up with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli (about 56 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Puttalam to Trincomalee takes 3.5 hours. On the 8th (Sat), you'll travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

3
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Batticaloa (Batticaloa Gate, St. Mary's Cathedral, &more).

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah journey website .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Batticaloa Gate ©
Batticaloa Gate

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polonnaruwa: Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), and make a trip to Thuparama.

Plan a Polonnaruwa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis, Pidurangala Rock
Highlights from your plan
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
On the 14th (Fri), relax in the rural setting at Dambatenne Tea Factory and then get great views at Lipton’s Seat. On the next day, admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls, get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham.

To see where to stay, reviews, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Haputale trip planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Haputale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Ella.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bambarakanda Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham

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 16th (Sun): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella tour planning site .

Take a train from Haputale to Ella in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Hambantota.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ella Gem & Jewelry ©
Ella Gem & Jewelry

5
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Explore Hambantota's surroundings by going to Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara), Kalametiya Beach (in Kalametiya) and Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch (in Rekawa). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park, admire the natural beauty at Dry Zone Botanical Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, and stroll through Walawe River Safari.

Plan trip to Hambantota with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Ella to Hambantota by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya Beach, Bundala National Park, Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery
Dry Zone Botanical Garden ©
Dry Zone Botanical Garden

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Galle travel planning tool .

You can drive from Hambantota to Galle in 3 hours. In August, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Step out of Colombo to go to Bentota and see Bentota Beach, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Galle to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

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