31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
6
Ella
— 3 nights
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
8
Unawatuna
— 5 nights

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Selyn & St. Anne's Church) and Diyasaru Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colombo vacation planning website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. June in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Diyasaru Park
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Climbing Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture (in Handessa) and National Railway Museum (in Kadugannawa). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kandy vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, National Railway Museum
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya (in Mannar) and Yapahuwa Rock Fortress (in Yapahuwa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), get outside with Eth Pokuna, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

3
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Safaris (in Habarana) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Sigiriya itinerary planning site.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Avukana Buddha Statue, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

3
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.
When in Ella, make a side trip to see Franciscan Sister's Jam Room in Nuwara Eliya, approximately Nuwara Eliya away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ella day trip site.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Franciscan Sister's Jam Room
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the 12th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. July in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Kirinda Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Parrot Rock Bridge), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, and visit Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna day trip planning site.

Getting from Yala National Park to Unawatuna by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Madugnga Lake, Bentota Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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