36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 5 nights
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Galle
— 5 nights
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Kalametiya
— 4 nights
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Ella
— 4 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Dambulla
— 4 nights

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Colombo

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: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Negombo (St. Sebastian’s Church & Negombo Beach). Spend the 4th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colombo day trip planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from London in January, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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Safaris
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, enjoy unforgettable views with Danu Tours and Travels, and take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes.

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Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

4
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Kalametiya is known for wildlife, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get a dose of the wild on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary, kick back and relax at Kalametiya Beach, and go for a walk through Tuk Tuk Suranga.

Start your trip to Kalametiya by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Drive from Galle to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. January in Kalametiya sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Yala National Park

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 16th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sun): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park road trip planning website.

Explore your travel options from Kalametiya to Yala National Park with the Route module. In January, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Off-Road Tours

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
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 18th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, gain insight with Lanka Tracker - Day Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip planning website.

Getting from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In January in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

4
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Badulla (Dhowa Rock Temple & Bogoda Wooden Bridge). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Ella.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary app.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 19 — 23:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

5
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©

Little England

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 Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Kirindi Ella (in Pelmadulla) and Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kandy, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 1:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

4
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's lots more to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla planner.

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 1 — 5:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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