35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation planner

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Drive:  45 min
1
Negombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
5
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h
End: Colombo

4
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Negombo: Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama) and Colombo (Galle Face Green, Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, &more). And it doesn't end there: go all around town with City Tours, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Anne's Church, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Negombo trip maker website.

Colombo to Negombo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. In June, daytime highs in Negombo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Colombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
Find places to stay Jun 27 — Jul 1:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Dambulla (Ederagala Wana Senasuna, Golden Temple of Dambulla, &more). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Negombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, and get outside with Eth Pokuna.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura driving holiday planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Dawson Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jul 8 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Galle online road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Nandana Tea Factory, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

5
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, ponder the world of politics at Post Office Nuwara Eliya, and admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya attractions tool.

Getting from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Devil's Staircase, Devathura Falls, Ramboda Waterfall, Bambarakanda Falls
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Safaris (in Tissamaharama) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, push the limits with an extreme tour, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Lipton’s Seat
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Step out of Arugam Bay to go to Yala National Park and see Yala National Park, which is approximately 1h 55 min away.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay road trip app.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Yala National Park
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

Similar Plans

58 days in Asia & Africa BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 2 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CAMBODIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 9 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SRI LANKA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM TURKEY September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM CANADA July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 48 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: May, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CANADA August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: August, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans