36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 5 nights
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Kandy
— 5 nights
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Dambulla
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 5 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
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Ella
— 5 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Unawatuna
— 5 nights

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5
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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Family-friendly places like Safaris and Galle Face Green will thrill your kids. Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Pio Ayurveda Center (in Waikkal), Friends Lanka Tours (in Wennappuwa) and Negombo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Make the 20th (Sun) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, head outdoors with Scan Alpine Outdoor Solutions, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and walk around Diyasaru Park.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In September, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, take in the dramatic scenery at Rathna Ella waterfall, and see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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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
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

Plan a trip to Dambulla easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

5
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.
Family-friendly places like Shark Diving and Koneswaram Temple will thrill your kids. Go for a jaunt from Trincomalee to Nilaveli to see Pigeon Island National Park about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Nilaveli Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Arisimale Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kids will appreciate attractions like Deergayu Acupressure Center and Arugam Bay. Step out of Arugam Bay to go to Yala National Park and see Yala National Park, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Spend the 8th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Roll Trips. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Hakgala Botanic Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Ella.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
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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 15th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya and then gain a rich perspective with Lanka Tracker - Day Tours.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Udawalawe National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 16:
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Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya

5
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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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Paradise Tuk Tuk Tours and Fishing Charters & Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Unawatuna day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 16 — 21:
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Paradise Tuk Tuk Tours ©
Paradise Tuk Tuk Tours
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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