30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bangkok
Fly:  7 h
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
7
Galle
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Bangkok

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more) and Kalutara (Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Holy Cross Church Kalutara, & more). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Viharamahadevi Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colombo vacation maker website .

Bangkok, Thailand to Colombo is an approximately 7-hour combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Bangkok to Colombo. In September in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: St Mark’s Church (in Badulla), Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park) and Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Colombo to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Buduruwagala, St Mark’s Church
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

4
nights
Tissamaharama

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tissamaharama: Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama) and Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Spend the 14th (Sat) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 1.5 hours. In September in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Kataragama Temple, Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

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 15th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna).

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

5
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 Matale (Euphoria Spice and Herbal & Knuckles Mountain Range), Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Make the 24th (Tue) a stimulating day with a coffee and tea tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

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Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

5
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, Hikkaduwa Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find out how to plan a trip to Galle, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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