42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 6 nights
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Kandy
— 6 nights
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Dambulla
— 4 nights
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Ella
— 5 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Galle
— 7 nights
9
Bentota
— 5 nights

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6
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.
Attractions like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi make great kid-friendly stops. Venture out of the city with trips to Pio Ayurveda Center (in Waikkal) and Negombo (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours & Negombo Beach). Spend the 7th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 11th (Sun) behind the viewfinder with an inspiring photography tour. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planner.

Jodhpur, India to Colombo is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. When traveling from Jodhpur in October, plan for slightly colder days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Pio Ayurveda Center
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Safaris
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

6
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'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, stroll through Riverstone Gap, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Kegalle, See Lanka Travels, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum ©
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya, and delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip maker.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

5
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.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Safaris. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ella road trip site.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Safaris, Horton Plains National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Safaris
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Attractions like Sage Tours and Arugam Bay make great kid-friendly stops. Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip maker site.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Sage Tours ©
Sage Tours
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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 31st (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): surround yourself with nature on Lanka Tracker - Day Tours and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Lanka Tracker - Day Tours
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

7
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Galle Fort and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Coconut Tree Hill). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stop by Made In Ceylon, enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, and view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

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Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle
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Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

5
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bentota Beach and LankaLIKE. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bentota: Madugnga Lake (in Balapitiya) and Kalutara (Richmond Castle, Fa Hien Caves, &more). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at Samadi Meditation Ashramaya, savor a delicious cup with Sammy Reisen, and kick back and relax at Beruwala Beach.

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Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Kalutara, Beruwala, Madugnga Lake, LankaLIKE, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 15:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Boat Tours & Water Sports

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