35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  4 h 45 min
1
Bentota
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Colombo
— 4 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
4
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Dambulla
— 4 nights
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.
Visit Ahungalla Beach and Kalutara Beach for some beach relaxation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum and Kowilawatta Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bentota: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Kalutara (Richmond Castle & Kalutara Bodhiya) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Masjid ul Abrar, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and explore the activities along Bentota River.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Bentota trip site.

Mumbai, India to Bentota is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. May in Bentota sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Ahungalla, Kosgoda, Community Tsunami Museum, Kowilawatta Temple
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Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation. Visit Mount Lavinia Beach and Negombo Beach for some beach relaxation. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (LUV SL Negombo, Muthurajawela Marsh, &more). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colombo online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Bentota to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In June, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. 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 ©
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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Nuwara Eliya (Moon Plains & Nuwara Eliya Golf Course), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Dawson Tower, Millennium Elephant Foundation
Find places to stay Jun 10 — 16:
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mihiripenna Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Saffron Robes), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna online travel planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Mirissa Beach
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lipton’s Seat and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online tour itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; 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, Dhowa Rock Temple, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Plan my Udawalawe National Park trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 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
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 28:
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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.
You've now added Dagoba of Thuparama to your itinerary. On the 29th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, thenmake a trip to Mihintale, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya. On the 30th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), thenstroll through Wilpattu National Park, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura day trip tool.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Anuradhapura by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya. Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Kaudulla National Park, &more) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Pethikada, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

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

Getting from Anuradhapura to Dambulla by car takes about 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
Find places to stay Jun 30 — Jul 4:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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