33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: Colombo

5
nights
Galle

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: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle attractions planner .

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. October in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Nuwara Eliya (Bluefield Tea Gardens & Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prema Brothers, stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy route website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya, Dawson Tower, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

6
nights
Anuradhapura

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anuradhapura: Yapahuwa (Yapahuwa Rock Fortress & Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura travel app .

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yapahuwa
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 2nd (Sat), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Uda Walawe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, & more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore and take pictures at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella visit app .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Spend the 9th (Sat) exploring nature at Yala National Park.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay attractions app .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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