28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
End: Colombo

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Safaris). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and stop by Vogue Jewellers.

Before you visit Colombo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip builder website .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, Community Tsunami Museum, & more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip builder site .

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. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla tour itinerary site .

Getting from Galle to Dambulla by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Uda Walawe National Park. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park online trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Dambulla to Uda Walawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, & more), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella tour planner .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ohiya, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Bambarakanda Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park to see Yala National Park about 1h 55 min away.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning site .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 21st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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