35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly:  1​h
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Dambulla
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
8
Negombo
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  45​min
End: Colombo

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 in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Dawson Tower, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Riverstone Gap
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Visit Mirissa Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) for some beach relaxation. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kalametiya Beach. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Matara Beach (in Matara) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Medaketiya Activity Beach, and stroll through Medawatta Beach.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Nandana Tea Factory, Kalametiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

5
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Escape the urban bustle at Hikkaduwa Beach and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Unawatuna (Spas, Unawatuna Beach, & more), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Galle Fort (in Galle). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and kick back and relax at Akurala Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa tour planner .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In December in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach, Akurala Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Little Adam's Peak and Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. Venture out of the city with trips to Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Nuwara Eliya, Bambarakanda Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park tour planner.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

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)

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yala National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Yala National Park side-trips: Bundala National Park (in Weligatta), Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple) and Agro Technology Park (in Hambantota). There's still lots to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park online trip builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Visiting Golden Temple of Dambulla and Dhilip De Alwis will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Polonnaruwa Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa) and Habarana (Spas & Kaudulla National Park). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

6
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Get in touch with nature at Negombo Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Negombo's surroundings by going to ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal), Ragama (Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka & MACK Travel Sri Lanka) and Colombo (Independence Memorial Hall, Mount Lavinia Beach, & more). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Negombo trip maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Negombo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Colombo, Ragama, ASDA Gem & Jewellery
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

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