35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

35 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary planner

Make it your trip
Drive
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Galle
— 4 nights
Fly
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
Drive
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Kandy, Taxi to Kandy
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Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Taxi to Polgahawela Station, Train to Colombo
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Colombo
— 5 nights

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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: Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Viharahena), Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, get some fabulous bargains at Sooriya Weaving, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip planning site.

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 October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) to allow time to fly to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Popham's Arboretum). Spend the 1st (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya holiday planner.

Fly from Galle to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:

Polonnaruwa

— 4 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Polonnaruwa is known for historic sites, museums, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Polonnaruwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa, steep yourself in history at Manik Vehera, and explore the activities along Giritale Lake.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 7:

Arugam Bay

— 5 nights
Spend the 12th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

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You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Nature
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 12:

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.
Step out of Ella to go to Tissamaharama and see Off-Road Tours, which is approximately 2 hours away. There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Demodara Loop, enjoy some diversion at Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella route website.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 12 — 16:

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 17th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip builder app.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 16 — 18:

Kandy

— 5 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Venture out of the city with trips to Matale (Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple & Riverstone Gap). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and head outdoors with Pearly Gates Lanka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 23:

Pinnawala

— 2 nights
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on Elephant Care Relief Foundation, then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then get engrossed in the history at Pinnawala Ape Gama.

To see ratings and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala trip itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Kandy to Pinnawala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 23 — 25:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) and Negombo (Adrenaline & Extreme Tours & Negombo Beach). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, stop by Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd, and admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pinnawala to Colombo by combination of taxi and train takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Tours · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — 30:

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.