34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Sigiriya
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13​h
End: Melbourne

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colombo visit planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Colombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Melbourne in March, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colombo, with highs around 38°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Negombo Beach, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Step out of Nuwara Eliya with an excursion to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa--about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary website .

Getting from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Safaris (in Udawalawa) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ella travel planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Safaris, Lipton’s Seat, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip planning tool .

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

4
nights
Yala National Park

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 out of town with these interesting Yala National Park side-trips: Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park online visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In April, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris

6
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: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Balloon Rides) and Anuradhapura (Mihintale & Ruwanwelisaya). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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