32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Galle
— 3 nights
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
8
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
10
Bentota
— 1 night
11
Jaffna
— 1 night
12
Mannar
— 8 nights

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, thenget engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Viharamahadevi Park.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo vacation site.

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. In May, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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 Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galle online trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to 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
Spas & Wellness

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): make a trip to Kandy view point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thenmake a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, thenadmire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, thenlook for gifts at Sthree, and finally make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planner.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, thentake in the exciting artwork at 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 traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip builder app.

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

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
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.
On the 9th (Tue), get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, thenmake a trip to Thuparama, thenappreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally delve into the distant past at Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa tour planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and then look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa online trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Mirissa in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in June, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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.
On the 12th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park online road trip planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. June in Yala National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
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.
On the 14th (Sun), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, thendon't miss a visit to Mihintale, and then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and then delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura journey builder site.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Anuradhapura in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Ella (Nine Arches Bridge, Honey Bee Garden, &more), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya online visit planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ella, Dhowa Rock Temple, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
night
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Bentota tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Bentota takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In June, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kayts Causeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, thenappreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple.

Plan trip to Jaffna with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

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

Things to do in Jaffna

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

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, contemplate the waterfront views at Yodha Wewa, head off the coast to Mannar Island, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Donkey Clinic and Education Center.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mannar trip planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Mannar by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 30th (Tue), you're off to home.

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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