36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Galle
— 4 nights
3
Kalametiya
— 2 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
5
Ella
— 4 nights
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
7
Kandy
— 4 nights
8
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
9
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
10
Dambulla
— 2 nights

3
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.
Spend the 21st (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Lakarcade, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo travel website.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In August, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

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

4
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 Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planning app.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Tea House, Kowilawatta Temple
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

2
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and then take an exotic tour of UP Travels & Tours - Excursions. On the next day, surround yourself with nature on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, then stroll through Mawella Bird Sanctuary Bird Watching, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kalametiya trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Galle to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. August in Kalametiya sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Transportation

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 29:
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Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Yala National Park in Yala National Park (about 1h 55 min away).

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Kalametiya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Yala National Park
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 2:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, visit Ella Sight Seeing Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and trek along with 4rest Lanka Tours.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ella day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Diyaluma Falls, Buduruwagala
Find places to stay Sep 2 — 6:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

5
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: Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, do sightseeing your way with Roll Trips, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Devil's Staircase, Lanka Tracker - Day Tours, Devathura Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 11:
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Roll Trips ©
Roll Trips
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

4
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 out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder tool.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, See Lanka Travels, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:
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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

4
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately Nilaveli away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip builder tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay Sep 15 — 19:
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

3
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker app.

Drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Sep 19 — 22:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya. On your second day here, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

Plan my trip to Dambulla with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Sigiriya
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 24:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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