28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  25​h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  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
Fly:  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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary maker tool .

New York City, USA to Colombo is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Colombo is 10 hours. Traveling from New York City in February, expect Colombo to be warmer, temps between 89°F and 74°F. Finish 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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Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder tool .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and 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

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Ramboda Waterfall, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip maker tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, & more), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ella itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip builder website .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Yala National Park travel planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In February, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Mihintale (in Anuradhapura), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary app .

Getting from Yala National Park to Sigiriya by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for home on the 28th (Fri).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Mihintale, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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