32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip maker

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Colombo
— 4 nights
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Galle
— 3 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
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Ella
— 3 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
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Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Colombo

— 4 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo Beach (in Negombo), Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara) and Waikkal (Pio Ayurveda Center & See Lanka Travels). Spend the 12th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo tour planner.

Lucknow, India to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lucknow in May: highs in Colombo hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Galle

— 3 nights
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 (Coconut Tree Hill, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Made In Ceylon, and stop by Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Galle planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can fly to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 4 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Venture out of the city with trips to Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ella

— 3 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella online trip planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Ella are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Spend the 25th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay travel planner.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Polonnaruwa

— 1 night
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 26th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siva Devalaya (No 1), then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally make a trip to Gal Vihara.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

Dambulla

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Anuradhapura

— 4 nights
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura online route planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Trincomalee

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of Trincomalee with an excursion to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: have unforgettable encounters with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and take a leisurely stroll along Trincomalee Harbour.

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You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kandy

— 4 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Make your Kandy itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Tue) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

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.