30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Coimbatore
Fly:  2​h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Fly:  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
taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
8
Galle
— 5 nights
taxi + 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: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner .

Coimbatore, India to Colombo is an approximately 2-hour flight. In November, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Sri Vishnu Kovil, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Safaris
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). The adventure continues: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla online trip itinerary maker .

Take a train from Colombo to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours, Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park trip planner .

You can fly from Dambulla to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kiri Vehera, Bundala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, kick back and relax at Arugam Bay, and head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay with the Route module. In December, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 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
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya), Nuwara Eliya (Mohini falls, Kande-ela Reservoir, & more) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

Planning Ella trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park itinerary builder .

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kandy vacation maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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