29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Ljubljana
Fly:  19 h 15 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Colombo
— 5 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Negombo
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h 45 min
11
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
12
Nilaveli
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
13
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Fly:  31 h
End: Ljubljana

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally don't miss a visit to Lovamahapaya. On the next day, make a trip to Vessagiriya Ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thendon't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, and finally don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura planning website.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19-hour flight. Traveling from Ljubljana to Anuradhapura, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

1
night
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.
On the 14th (Wed), stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
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 Kandy's surroundings by going to Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Church of St Paul, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip maker website.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 18th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, thentake an exotic tour of a safari tour, and finally make a trip to Tissa Dagoba.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama day trip planning tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Ella takes 2 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 23rd (Fri), kick back and relax at Polhena Beach, thenkick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Mirissa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Mirissa in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daytime highs in Mirissa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Polhena Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

2
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.
On the 24th (Sat), stroll through Jungle Beach, thenlook for gifts at Crestar, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and then stroll through Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa visit planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Bentota Beach, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach.

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

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara Beach, Panadura Beach
Highlights from your plan
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

1
night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then browse the eclectic array of goods at Main Fish Market.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Negombo holiday maker tool.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Main Fish Market ©
Main Fish Market

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 2nd (Sun), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Jaffna vacation builder app.

You can drive from Negombo to Jaffna in 7 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of taxi and train. You'll set off for Nilaveli on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

3
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Pigeon Island National Park has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya, thensee some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Nilaveli tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Nilaveli by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. You'll set off for Trincomalee on the 6th (Thu).

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Girihadu Seya
Highlights from your plan
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Girihadu Seya ©
Girihadu Seya

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Here are some ideas for day two: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trincomalee Beach, thenmake a trip to Fort Frederick, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

Plan a trip to Trincomalee easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Trincomalee is very close to Nilaveli. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

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