28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

4
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 19th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 20th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by DIANA Souvenirs, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo trip tool .

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. In June, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Western Province
Find places to stay Jun 17 — 21:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 25:
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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

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In June, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jun 25 — 29:
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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: Ella (Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak, & more), Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya route maker site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ella, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Udawalawe National Park
Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 5th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 6:
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park tour itinerary builder tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In July, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Yala National Park
Find places to stay Jul 6 — 8:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

4
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.
Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Kekirawa to see Avukana Buddha Statue about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner .

Getting from Yala National Park to Anuradhapura by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Avukana Buddha Statue
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 12:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
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.
On the 13th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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