35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
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Galle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 4 nights

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Kandy

— 3 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. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary maker.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Trincomalee

— 4 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.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: have unforgettable encounters with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, make a trip to Girihadu Seya, and take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs.

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You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · 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, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and get outside with Eth Pokuna.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): see Off-Road Tours, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip planner.

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

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa

— 2 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then take in the pleasant sights at Medirigiriya Vatadage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa online travel route planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Arugam Bay

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

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay attractions planning app.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Ella

— 4 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Ella, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ella itinerary app.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, and head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya driving holiday site.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galle

— 4 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). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, stop by Made In Ceylon, and take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Galle online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In June, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara), Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Waikkal (Pio Ayurveda Center & See Lanka Travels). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Parks · Museums · Beaches

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.