28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 1 night
2
Negombo
— 2 nights
3
Bentota
— 1 night
4
Galle
— 2 nights
5
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
6
Yala National Park
— 1 night
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
8
Ella
— 2 nights
9
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
11
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
12
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
13
Kalkudah
— 1 night
14
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
15
Jaffna
— 1 night
16
Mannar
— 1 night
17
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
18
Kandy
— 2 nights

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

Find out how to plan Colombo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In July, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Angurukaramulla Temple, thenstroll through Negombo Beach, and then look for gifts at ASDA Gem & Jewellery.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Negombo tour planner.

Getting from Colombo to Negombo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In July in Negombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

ASDA Gem & Jewellery
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Photography Tours
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 28th (Tue), stop by LankaLIKE, thentake an exotic tour of a safari tour, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Bentota trip planner.

You can drive from Negombo to Bentota in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and train. In July in Bentota, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

LankaLIKE, Safaris
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Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Safaris

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 29th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then look for gifts at Made In Ceylon. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum and then experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner.

Getting from Bentota to Galle by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 31st (Fri), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Galle to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Off-Road Tours

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park online holiday maker.

Getting from Tissamaharama to Yala National Park by car takes about an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. In August, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thendon't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenstroll through Arugam Bay, thenenjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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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.
On the 7th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get great views at Shanthipura View Point, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, thenhead outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and finally stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya travel route planning website.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

2
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.
On the 9th (Sun), make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. On your second day here, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Safaris
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 11th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, thenget to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and then contemplate the long history of Dalada Maluwa.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Dalada Maluwa ©
Dalada Maluwa

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night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kalkudah day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kalkudah takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, thenmake a trip to Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mannar.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple ©
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple

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Mannar

Mannar ©
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): make a trip to Mannar Fort, make a trip to Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, and then don't miss a visit to Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya.

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Getting from Jaffna to Mannar by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Mannar

Historic Sites
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Thiruketheeswaram Kovil ©
Thiruketheeswaram Kovil
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya ©
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
Mannar Fort ©
Mannar Fort

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, thenmake a trip to Mihintale, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), make a trip to Anuradhapura Stupas Scenic Point, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura road trip site.

Traveling by car from Mannar to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thenbrowse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range, thenadmire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, thenmake a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip builder tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Aug 18 — 20:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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