32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
train:  30​min
9
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
11
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
12
Colombo
— 3 nights
End: Colombo

1
night
Kalpitiya

Scuba & Snorkeling has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kalpitiya attractions tool .

Colombo to Kalpitiya is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). On the next day, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pidurangala Rock
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

5
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa, and make a trip to Gal Vihara.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa tour app .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

2
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've now added Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kandy sightseeing tool .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Kandy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 18th (Wed), you'll travel to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
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.
On the 19th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ella itinerary maker website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
On the 21st (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Blow Hole Hummanaya, then enjoy the sand and surf at Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon.

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The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Rekawa. In December, daytime highs in Rekawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Blow Hole Hummanaya
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 25th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then stroll through Mirissa Beach. On the next day, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Matara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

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You can drive from Rekawa to Mirissa in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna is known for beaches, wildlife, spas, classes, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip maker website .

Unawatuna is very close to Mirissa. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 1:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then stroll through Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Bentota River and then contemplate the waterfront views at Madu River.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bentota trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 4th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa tour itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Bentota to Hikkaduwa in an hour. January in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): walk around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then stop by Urban Island, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, then view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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