28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip maker

Make it your trip
Fly
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Galle
— 4 nights
Drive
3
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
Taxi to Habarana, Train to Colombo
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Colombo
— 5 nights
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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), Nuwara Eliya (Bluefield Tea Gardens & Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning site.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 19 — 24:

Galle

— 4 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes & Hikkaduwa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Galle online holiday maker.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 24 — 28:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya), Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Getting from Galle to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 28 — Mar 3:

Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 3 — 5:

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 5 — 7:

Udawalawe National Park

— 2 nights
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 8th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park driving holiday site.

Drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Mar 7 — 9:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Dambulla day trip planning app.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 9 — 12:

Colombo

— 5 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To plan Colombo vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Dambulla to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Mar 12 — 17:

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.