30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka planner

Make it your trip
Train to London Heathrow, Fly to Colombo
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Colombo
— 5 nights
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Taxi to Koggala, Fly to Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly to London Heathrow, Train to Exeter

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Colombo

— 5 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Negombo Beach, &more). Spend the 3rd (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Spend the 4th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo tour website.

Exeter, UK to Colombo is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Exeter to Colombo. In April, daytime highs in Colombo are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

Unawatuna

— 4 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Unawatuna day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 4 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Gregory Lake, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and work off some steam at Yoga Ella.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Classes

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa

— 3 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Take a break from Polonnaruwa with a short trip to Passikudah Beach in Kalkudah, about 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and make a trip to Gal Vihara.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online attractions planner.

Drive from Ella to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla--about 1h 5 min away. Spend the 21st (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Anuradhapura

— 4 nights
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park.

Before you visit Anuradhapura, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Kandy

— 5 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.