36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Colombo
— 5 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 5 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Drive

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Colombo

— 5 nights
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 Friends Lanka Tours (in Wennappuwa), Pio Ayurveda Center (in Waikkal) and Negombo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Spend the 11th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Make the 15th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, explore the activities along Diyasaru Park, and look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo sightseeing planning tool.

If you are flying in from Germany, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take in the dramatic scenery at Devathura Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla

— 4 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Spend the 24th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trincomalee

— 5 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. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To find where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee route builder tool.

You can drive from Dambulla to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Arugam Bay

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

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip tool.

Drive from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Roll Trips, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · 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 9th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya and then hit the best photo ops around with Lanka Tracker - Day Tours.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park itinerary planner.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 5 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · 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.