28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Nanjing
+4
Train + Subway + Train + Foot + Fly:  17 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Train:  5 h
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
train:  4 h
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ella
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
6
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Galle
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Colombo
— 3 nights
+4
Fly + Foot + Train + Subway + Train:  12 h
End: Nanjing

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Colombo Fort, Seema Malakaya Temple, Colombo National Museum, and other attractions you added. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo journey planning website .

Nanjing, China to Colombo is an approximately 12-hour combination of subway and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Nanjing to Colombo is minus 2 hours. In January, Colombo is much hotter than Nanjing - with highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Spas Historic Sites Museums
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ExSerendib Ayurveda Cure & Therapy ©
ExSerendib Ayurveda Cure & Therapy
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, Ruwanwelisaya and Ranmasu Uyana.

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You can drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

3
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 a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy view point. Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. There's much more to do: examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bluefield Tea Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake and then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya online route planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

3
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.
Udawalawe National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana's Cave ©
Ravana's Cave

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Matara Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary (in Kalametiya), Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Matara (in Matara) and Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Appreciate the collections at Tsunami Photo Museum and Genuine Batik. Galle Fort and Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In February, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
Your list of things to see and do now includes Elephant Freedom Project, Mount Lavinia Beach, St Anthony's Shrine, and other attractions. Discover out-of-the-way places like Borella All Saints Church and Urban Island. Explore Colombo further: stroll around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo route builder website .

You can take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 14th (Fri), you're off to home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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