25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

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

— 3 nights
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: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). 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 do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
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. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°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

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 11:
Highlights from your trip

Yala National Park

— 2 nights
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.
Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kirinda Viharaya, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°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

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
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, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:

Ella

— 4 nights
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 Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ella itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Dambulla

— 3 nights
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 Fortress, 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

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Anuradhapura

— 4 nights
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, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Kandy

— 4 nights
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: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). 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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.