25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 3 nights
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
5
Ella
— 4 nights
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
7
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
8
Kandy
— 4 nights

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and look for gifts at Warm Boutique.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Galle online vacation builder.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Nandana Tea Factory, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

1
night
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 11th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Wildlife Parks
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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 12th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 13th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kirinda Viharaya, thenget a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park holiday maker app.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kirinda Viharaya
Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by Other, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

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

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ella are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lipton’s Seat, Dhowa Rock Temple, Horton Plains National Park
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
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 Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). Spend the 23rd (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Avukana Buddha Statue, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

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

Drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy.

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

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

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