31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Colombo
— 5 nights
Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
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Unawatuna
— 6 nights
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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 Beach (in Negombo) and Waikkal (Pio Ayurveda Center & See Lanka Travels). Spend the 4th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Colombo vacation planning tool.

Geneva, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 4.5 hours. Traveling from Geneva in January, expect Colombo to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

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) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Dambulla trip tool.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Transportation

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip builder site.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can 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.
Change things up with a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale (about 1h 15 min away). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, enjoy some diversion at dee tattoo studio ella, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ella trip builder site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trips

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tissamaharama: Udawalawe National Park (Udawalawe National Park & Elephant Transit Home (ETH)) and Bundala National Park (in Weligatta). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Tissamaharama trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Tissamaharama by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna

— 6 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.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

To find ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna online road trip planner.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

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.