32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
3
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Coimbatore

6
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture (in Handessa), Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Knuckles Mountain Range) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Make the 22nd (Fri) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip tool .

Coimbatore, India to Kandy is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Minneriya National Park) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Tissamaharama

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kalametiya (Kalametiya Beach & Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary). Spend the 28th (Thu) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Spend the 1st (Fri) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, explore the activities along Tissa Wewa, and don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Tissamaharama tour app .

Getting from Dambulla to Tissamaharama by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya), Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park) and Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella online journey planner .

Drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

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
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Udawalawa Safari and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Lakpura LLC ©
Lakpura LLC

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, view the masterpieces at Art Batiks, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and appreciate the history behind Kushta Raja Gala.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip maker site .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Galle (Careem Jewellers, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, & more), Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

5
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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (St. Sebastian’s Church, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll through Viharamahadevi Park, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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