43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Bentota (Spas & Bentota Beach). Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In April in Colombo, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Safaris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage), Ethagala (in Kurunegala) and Rangala Natural Pool (in Wattegama). 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, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Ethagala, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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 (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more), Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary builder site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Kowilawatta Temple, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Kirigalpotta (in Ohiya), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Aberdeen Falls, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kirigalpotta, Aberdeen Falls, Devathura Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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 Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ella online tour planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and kick back and relax at Arugam Bay.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

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

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yala National Park: Kataragama (Kiri Vehera, Sella Kataragama Temple, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 4.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kataragama
Highlights from your plan
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): admire the engineering at Udawalawe Dam and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 3 hours. May in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, &more) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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