34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel route builder

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Colombo
— 4 nights
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Galle
— 5 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Ella
— 5 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
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Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Pinnawala
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 5 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Waikkal (See Lanka Travels & Pio Ayurveda Center). Spend the 18th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo online trip itinerary builder.

Bengaluru, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Colombo, with lows of 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Galle

— 5 nights
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, &more), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

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

Drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 2 nights
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya.

To see maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ella

— 5 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 Ella's surroundings by going to Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and admire the artistry at Dee Tattoo Studio Ella.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Classes

Side Trips

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Spend the 2nd (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Polonnaruwa

— 4 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
When in Polonnaruwa, make a side trip to see Kaudulla National Park in Habarana, approximately Habarana away. There's lots more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and make a trip to Gal Vihara.

For ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa in 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 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Dambulla

— 3 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Spas (in Habarana). Spend the 11th (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala

— 2 nights
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 12th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, then surround yourself with nature on Elephant Care Relief Foundation, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pinnawala route builder website.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Pinnawala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In November, daytime highs in Pinnawala are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kandy

— 5 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa, about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, gain insight with a tour of cultural highlights, and hike along Chariot Path.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

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.