35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Dambulla
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Negombo (Abhayasekararama Temple & Negombo Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo day trip planning site .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In November, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kandy, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Jungle Beach, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Galle journey planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Bambarakanda Falls
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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 Amba Estate (in Bandarawela), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

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

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Amba Estate, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara 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 activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours & Safaris) and Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Tours Nature

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

1
night
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 14th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park with the Route module. December in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

4
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: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Dambulla online trip maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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