42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Malaga
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 8 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Dambulla
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Malaga

8
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 Colombo's surroundings by going to Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), Negombo (Abhayasekararama Temple, St. Mary's Church, & more) and Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Spas). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip planning app .

Malaga, Spain to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to India Standard Time is 4 hours. In December, Colombo is much hotter than Malaga - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Bentota, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Sri Vishnu Kovil
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

6
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 Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, & more), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

6
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), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kandy online vacation planner .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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

3
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.
Explore Uda Walawe National Park's surroundings by going to Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa) and Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

Planning Uda Walawe National Park trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Getting from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. January in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, & more), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, get great views at Lipton’s Seat, and explore the galleries of R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Dhowa Rock Temple, Lipton’s Seat
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
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: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay route builder site .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park journey builder .

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In January in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

5
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 find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Mihintale, & more). There's much more to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Sigiriya.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla route maker tool .

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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