38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bratislava
bus + Fly:  13​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Uda Walawe National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
7
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Bratislava

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: ASDA Gem & Jewellery (in Waikkal), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, explore the world behind art at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colombo online day trip planner .

Bratislava, Slovakia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to India Standard Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Bratislava in November, things will get warmer in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, ASDA Gem & Jewellery, Sri Jayawardanapura City, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat), Nuwara Eliya (Sita Temple & Horton Plains National Park) and Amba Estate (in Bandarawela). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, browse the exhibits of R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Nuwara Eliya, Amba Estate
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 7:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Arugam Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

Start your trip to Arugam Bay by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. December in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
nights
Yala National Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, & more). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip planning tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In December, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Yala National Park
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

3
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uda Walawe National Park: Kirigalpotta (in Ohiya), Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa) and Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), and admire the natural beauty at Dry Zone Botanical Garden.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Uda Walawe National Park holiday planner.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Uda Walawe National Park with the Route module. In December, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, Kirigalpotta, Sampath Gems, Dry Zone Botanical Garden
Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Kirigalpotta ©
Kirigalpotta

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Kandy holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 20:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, stroll through Jungle Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Galle route planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Gal Vihara). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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