32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
4
Kandy
— 5 nights
5
Galle
— 5 nights
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
7
Ella
— 4 nights
8
Hambantota
— 3 nights

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Explore hidden gems such as Gal Vihara and Lankathilaka Image House. Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah) and Trincomalee (Swim with Dolphins & Trincomalee War Cemetery). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), admire the striking features of Kumara Pokuna, and make a trip to Thuparama.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa holiday maker site.

Colombo to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 3-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Trincomalee, Passikudah Beach
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dambulla Cave Temple and Pethikada. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Fernando Adventure Safaries (in Habarana). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Abhayagiri Dagaba. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and World Buddhist Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling

5
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Japanese Peace Pagoda and Handunugoda Tea Estate. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Cara Jewellers, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Kirigalpoththa Hike (in Ohiya), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, take in the dramatic scenery at Baker's Falls, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baker's Falls, Kirigalpoththa Hike, Ramboda Waterfall, Devathura Falls
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Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lipton’s Seat and Udawalawe Trails. Change things up with a short trip to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale in Haputale (about 56 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

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Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Hambantota.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Udawalawe Trails
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

3
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Explore hidden gems such as Bundala National Park and Safaris. Explore Hambantota's surroundings by going to Kalametiya Beach (in Kalametiya) and Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, stroll around Agro Technology Park, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ussangoda National Park.

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Getting from Ella to Hambantota by car takes about 2.5 hours. April in Hambantota sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya Beach, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach, Ussangoda National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Safaris

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