36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chennai
Fly:  4 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
10
Galle
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
End: Chennai

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach, Rail Tours, &more), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and get your game on at VRx.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo travel route builder site.

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. When traveling from Chennai in September, plan for little chillier days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Bentota Beach, ASDA Gem & Jewellery
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

4
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.
Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Ella online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay road trip planning app.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Yala National Park using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Sath Paththini Devalaya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online tour planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana), Pinnawala Ape Gama (in Rambukkana) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip app.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Rathna Ella waterfall, Pinnawala Ape Gama
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill & Mirissa Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Galle road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. October in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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