28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
3
Galle
— 5 nights
4
Dambulla
— 3 nights
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
6
Ella
— 5 nights
7
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights

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: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Safaris) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo trip planning website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In October in Colombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time 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 ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, Community Tsunami Museum, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Bentota Beach, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Galle holiday planning website.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. November in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Bentota Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Galle to Dambulla in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Udawalawe 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
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park attractions planner.

You can fly from Dambulla to Udawalawe National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Safaris
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ella planning app.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay Nov 12 — 17:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay tour planner.

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

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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