28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  25 h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
7
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Fly:  23 h
End: New York City

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo attractions planning tool.

New York City, USA to Colombo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from New York City to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from New York City in February, with highs in Colombo at 89°F and lows at 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, ASDA Gem & Jewellery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

4
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: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 10:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Bentota Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

Fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Galle are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Find places to stay Feb 10 — 14:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, &more), Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 18:
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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, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

To see maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay attractions app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Find places to stay Feb 18 — 21:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
On the 22nd (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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

Getting from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

5
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: Mihintale (in Anuradhapura), Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya driving holiday planning site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Mihintale, Minneriya National Park, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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