28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 3 nights
6
Mirissa
— 5 nights
7
Galle
— 3 nights
8
Colombo
— 3 nights

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You've added Colombo Fort, Seema Malakaya Temple, Colombo National Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo road trip planning website.

Nanjing, China to Colombo is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Traveling from Nanjing to Colombo, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In January, Colombo is warmer than Nanjing - with highs of °C and lows of °C. You will have some time to spend on the 23rd (Thu) before leaving for Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Spas Historic Sites Museums
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ExSerendib Ayurveda Cure & Therapy ©
ExSerendib Ayurveda Cure & Therapy
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya and Ranmasu Uyana.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum. Get outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and examine the collection at National Museum Kandy.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bluefield Tea Gardens. On the next day, explore the activities along Gregory Lake and then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

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.
You've now added Udawalawe National Park to your itinerary. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella trip app.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana's Cave ©
Ravana's Cave

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Matara Beach. Get some historical perspective at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Matara. Venture out of the city with trips to Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara) and Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary (in Kalametiya). There's still lots to do: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Ella to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kahandamodara Beach, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle Fort and Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Appreciate the collections at Tsunami Photo Museum and Genuine Batik. Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa, about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, and browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip planning website.

Getting from Mirissa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Elephant Freedom Project, Mount Lavinia Beach, St Anthony's Shrine, and other attractions. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Borella All Saints Church and Urban Island. Enjoy Colombo some more: walk around Galle Face Green.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo tour itinerary planning app.

Drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 14th (Fri).

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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