32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
8
Galle
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary maker tool .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Colombo is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in December, you will find days in Colombo are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are warmer (28°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Negombo Beach
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, & more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take some stellar pictures from Lipton’s Seat, take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ella visit planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Lipton’s Seat, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Dhowa Rock Temple
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 18:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip planner .

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. December in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 21:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yala National Park: Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours & Safaris), Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple) and Bundala National Park (in Weligatta). It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kataragama, Tissamaharama, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Off-Road Tours

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip app .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 29 — Jan 3:
Highlights from your plan
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: Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galle online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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