33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
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Ella
— 4 nights
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Galle
— 4 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights

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Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: 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, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder app.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:

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: make a trip to Mihintale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online trip builder.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 29:

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Safaris (in Habarana). Spend the 1st (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya trip builder website.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 29 — Aug 1:

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.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, have unforgettable encounters with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Velgam Vehera.

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Getting from Sigiriya to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 5:

Arugam Bay

— 5 nights
Spend the 6th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can drive from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 10:

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 Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

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You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks · Classes · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 14:

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 (Hikkaduwa Beach, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, &more), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). The adventure continues: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip maker site.

Getting from Ella to Galle by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 14 — 18:

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 See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 20th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, look for gifts at Vishwa Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

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Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 18 — 23:

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.