43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 6 nights
2
Kandy
— 6 nights
3
Galle
— 6 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
5
Ella
— 5 nights
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
7
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
9
Dambulla
— 5 nights

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota (Spas & Bentota Beach) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). Spend the 19th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, stroll around Galle Face Green, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In April in Colombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo Beach
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 22:
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Food Tours
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Safaris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage), Ethagala (in Kurunegala) and Rangala Natural Pool (in Wattegama). Spend the 26th (Sun) in the pleasant surroundings of Elephant Freedom Project. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Ethagala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Rangala Natural Pool
Find places to stay Apr 22 — 28:
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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

6
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 Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 4:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

6
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Kirigalpotta (in Ohiya). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, take in the dramatic scenery at Kolapathana Falls, and get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Devathura Falls, Aberdeen Falls, Kirigalpotta
Find places to stay May 4 — 10:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

Plan my day in Ella using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in May, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Dhowa Rock Temple
Find places to stay May 10 — 15:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the long history of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip maker tool.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay May 15 — 18:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yala National Park: Kataragama (Kiri Vehera, Sella Kataragama Temple, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In May, daytime highs in Yala National Park are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kataragama
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

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 22nd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at 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 23rd (Sat): admire the engineering at Udawalawe Dam and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary tool.

Drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. May in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay May 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris
Udawalawe Dam ©
Udawalawe Dam

5
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 out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, &more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, and delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip tool.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay May 23 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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