35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
1
Bentota
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 30 min
2
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Dambulla
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Mumbai

6
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum and Richmond Castle. We've included these beaches for you: Bentota Beach and Kalutara Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bentota side-trips: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya, contemplate the waterfront views at Bentota River, and stop by Lunuganga.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip itinerary maker tool.

Mumbai, India to Bentota is an approximately 5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of bus, train, flight, and taxi. May in Bentota sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Kosgoda, Ahungalla, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Community Tsunami Museum
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Visit Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach for some beach relaxation. Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Colombo National Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (LUV SL Negombo, Muthurajawela Marsh, &more). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church, stroll around Galle Face Green, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. June in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

6
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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Nuwara Eliya (Moon Plains & Nuwara Eliya Golf Course). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

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

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Peradeniya, Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Dawson Tower, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Galle Fort and Tsunami Photo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Saffron Robes).

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Mirissa Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Jun 16 — 21:
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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.
Lipton’s Seat and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ella trip builder app.

Getting from Unawatuna to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
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 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then stroll through Udawalawe National Park. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park road trip tool.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

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.
Dagoba of Thuparama has been added to your itinerary. On the 29th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and finally admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

4
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 some cultural insight at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Habarana (Kaudulla National Park, Safaris, &more). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, get outside with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip planning app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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