32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
8
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
10
Bentota
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 30 min
11
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
12
Mannar
— 8 nights
Drive:  18 h 45 min
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): walk around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Viharamahadevi Park.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary maker app.

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
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: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. Keep things going the next day: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stop by Sthree, and finally make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, make a trip to Gal Vihara, then make a trip to Thuparama, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1).

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach, then relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and then stop by Dress Palace.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Mirissa sightseeing planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Medawatta Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Make your Yala National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can take a bus from Mirissa to Yala National Park in 5.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then make a trip to Mihintale, and then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and then explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura attractions website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Yala National Park to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Ella (Nine Arch Bridge, Honey Bee Garden, &more) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Dhowa Rock Temple, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 20th (Sat), see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then stroll through Bentota Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota road trip planning website.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota in 6 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. June in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 21st (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil and then hike along Kayts Causeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, then appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Jaffna online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Bentota to Jaffna in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Mannar.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Kayts Causeway ©
Kayts Causeway

8
nights
Mannar

Mannar ©
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Mannar is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, step off the mainland to explore Mannar Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannar Bird Sanctuary, and explore the activities along Yodha Wewa.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mannar trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Jaffna to Mannar in 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 30th (Tue).

Things to do in Mannar

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Mannar Island ©
Mannar Island
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya ©
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu ©
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu

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