31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive
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Unawatuna
— 5 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights

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Dambulla

— 3 nights
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), Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Spas (in Habarana). Spend the 3rd (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary planning app.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Kandy

— 4 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take an exotic tour of Pearly Gates Lanka.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kandy planning tool.

Getting from Dambulla to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 5 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall, and head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.
Go for a jaunt from Ella to Haputale to see Lipton’s Seat about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella attractions planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Tissamaharama

— 4 nights
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tissamaharama: Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama). There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, explore the activities along Tissa Wewa, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

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Drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. January in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 5 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (St. Sebastian’s Church, Selyn, &more) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 31st (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and get outside with Scan Alpine Outdoor Solutions.

To find more things to do and tourist information, refer to the Colombo travel route website.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

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.