28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
3
Kandy
— 5 nights
4
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
6
Ella
— 3 nights
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
8
Unawatuna
— 4 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Panadura Beach (in Panadura), Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara) and Negombo (St. Mary's Church, Negombo Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, look for gifts at Barefoot, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip tool.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Panadura Beach, Kalutara Beach
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Sandakada Pahana, &more). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Habarana tour planner.

Getting from Colombo to Habarana by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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: Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle), Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Habarana to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Knuckles Mountain Range, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 28:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Tissamaharama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Tissamaharama road trip site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala 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.
On the 30th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. On your second day here, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Lakpura.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jul 30 — 31:
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & St. Andrew's Church). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor the flavors at Newburgh Estate, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Ella travel route planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Haputale, Diyaluma Falls
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

5
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.
Step out of Nuwara Eliya with an excursion to Lanka Ella in Beragala--about 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Baker's Falls, and experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Lanka Ella, Baker's Falls
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 8:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: stroll through Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Embark, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip maker.

Fly from Nuwara Eliya to Unawatuna in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Bentota, Hikkaduwa, Kowilawatta Temple
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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