28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Ella
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mirissa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h
7
Colombo
— 5 nights
End: Colombo

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom and Abhayagiri Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Wilpattu National Park and Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip builder tool .

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

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

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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 outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Horton Plains National Park. Visit Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent for their historical value. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale), Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Safaris (in Tissamaharama). There's lots more to do: learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip tool .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent, Horton Plains National Park, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Safaris

5
nights
Hikkaduwa

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Step out of the city life by going to Hikkaduwa Beach and Bentota Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & EXOTIC ROOTS) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, explore the galleries of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Turtle Care.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Kosgoda Turtle Care, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Kowilawatta Temple
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Medawatta Beach. Go for a jaunt from Mirissa to Galle to see Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex about 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, admire the striking features of Star Fort, and visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arankelle Ancient Monastery and Ceylon Tea Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Matale (Aakarsha Gem House & Highland Spice Garden). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Negombo Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Get a sense of the local culture at Colombo National Museum and The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Negombo (St. Anne's Church & Nature & Wildlife Tours). The adventure continues: get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo journey planner.

Fly from Kandy to Colombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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