32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive:  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
Fly:  2 h 30 min
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
8
Galle
— 5 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, look for gifts at Urban Island, and examine the collection at Colombo National Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colombo tour planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Melbourne in December, expect nights in Colombo to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 36°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 13:
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya), Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, &more) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, and contemplate the long history of Lipton’s Seat.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella attractions planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip planning website.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive 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
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yala National Park: Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
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): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park road trip planning website.

Getting from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 26:

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). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla trip website.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning app.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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