37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

37 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Negombo
— 5 nights
2
Dambulla
— 4 nights
3
Kandy
— 7 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 4 nights
5
Ella
— 5 nights
6
Mirissa
— 5 nights
7
Bentota
— 5 nights

5
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.
Attractions like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Galle Face Green make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Negombo's surroundings by going to Colombo (Independence Square, Mount Lavinia Beach, &more) and Beddegana Wetland Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, explore the activities along Dutch Canal, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Negombo trip planner.

Singapore, Singapore to Negombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Singapore to Negombo. In November in Negombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Colombo, Beddegana Wetland Park
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Kaudulla National Park), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla and don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip builder app.

You can drive from Negombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale) and Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip planner.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range, Pinnawala Zoo
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

4
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium. Step out of Udawalawe National Park with an excursion to Bundala National Park in Weligatta--about 1h 40 min away. Spend the 14th (Fri) exploring nature at Udawalawe National Park. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and take an exotic tour of Lakpura.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park day trip app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. December in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Bundala National Park, Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Lakpura ©
Lakpura

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.
Family-friendly places like Horton Plains National Park and Hakgala Botanic Gardens will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Gregory Lake (in Nuwara Eliya) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Baker's Falls, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

5
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mihiripenna Beach. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Galle (Galle Fort & Dalawella Beach) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Japanese Peace Pagoda). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and get outside with Friend of the Blue Whale.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip builder site.

Getting from Ella to Mirissa by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Galle, Weligama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

5
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Bring the kids along to Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bentota: Hikkaduwa (Narigama Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa) and Kalutara (Kalutara Beach & Kalutara Bodhiya). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, stop by Sriyan Jewellers, and make a trip to Bentota Bazaar.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Bentota road trip tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Bentota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, daytime highs in Bentota are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Beruwala, Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla, Kosgoda, Kalutara
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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