32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey planner

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Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Colombo

— 4 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 17th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stroll around Galle Face Green, and visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 15 — 19:

Galle

— 4 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip maker app.

You can drive from Galle to Ella in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 27:

Arugam Bay

— 4 nights
Spend the 28th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay travel route planner.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 27 — 31:

Trincomalee

— 4 nights
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Step out of Trincomalee with an excursion to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: stroll through Nilaveli Beach, meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil, and explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee driving holiday planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

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 trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura route planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Sep 4 — 8:

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: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Dambulla day trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 8 — 11:

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy road trip site.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Transportation · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 11 — 15:

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.