43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Cairo
Fly:  11 h
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Dambulla
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Yala National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly:  1 h
8
Galle
— 8 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Cairo

7
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.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Negombo Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Palace Seaside and Ganeshism Studio Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town), Holy Cross Church Kalutara (in Kalutara) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, buy something for everyone on your list at Azarya, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

Cairo, Egypt to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Cairo to Colombo. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cairo in April, with highs in Colombo at 39°C and lows at 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Kande Viharaya Temple, Negombo Beach, Palace Seaside, Holy Cross Church Kalutara
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 28:
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Pettah ©
Pettah
Safaris
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Visit Polonnaruwa and Mihintale for their historical value. Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula), Anuradhapura (The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya) & Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)) and Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the galleries of Pethikada, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple, and browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To find photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla travel itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Habarana, Karu Arts & Crafts, Polonnaruwa
Find places to stay Apr 28 — May 2:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera. Get in touch with nature at Yala National Park and Off-Road Tours. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yala National Park: Walawe River Safari (in Hambantota), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Tissamaharama). It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Walawe River Safari, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay May 2 — 7:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Visit Kudumbigala Monastery and Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse for their historical value. Visiting Whisky Point, Sri Lanka and Arugam Bay will get you outdoors.

Before you visit Arugam Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Lipton’s Seat and St. Xavier's Church. Head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Franciscan Sister's Jam Roomfor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Kande-ela Reservoir, &more) and Safaris (in Udawalawa). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. May in Ella sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Lipton’s Seat, Dhowa Rock Temple, Safaris
Find places to stay May 10 — 16:
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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
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 17th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 16 — 18:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

7
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanical Gardens and Elephant Freedom Project. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Nelligala International Buddhist Center will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa (in Polgahawela), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, make a trip to Kandy view point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip app.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy by car takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay May 18 — 25:
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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

8
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirissa Beach. Visit Galle Fort and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Harbour, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, and view the masterpieces at EXOTIC ROOTS.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle trip itinerary builder site.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Matara, Mirissa
Find places to stay May 25 — Jun 2:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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