30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Coimbatore
Fly:  2 h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
3
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
8
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
End: Coimbatore

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo Beach (in Negombo), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Sri Vishnu Kovil (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo online attractions planner.

Coimbatore, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sri Vishnu Kovil
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 4:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
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.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). There's lots more to do: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla travel planner.

Getting from Colombo to Dambulla by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 7:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

4
nights
Yala National Park

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yala National Park: Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours & Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Yala National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kiri Vehera, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 11:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and stroll through Arugam Bay.

Find out how to plan Arugam Bay trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. In December, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 14:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat), Nuwara Eliya (Mohini falls, Kande-ela Reservoir, &more) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay Dec 14 — 18:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
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 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

Find out how to plan Udawalawe National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy route maker.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bluefield Tea Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 24:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle online driving holiday planner.

Fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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