31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly + Drive:  27​h
1
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
5
Galle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Bentota
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Matara
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  22​h 45​min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Safaris and Medirigiriya Vatadage. Popular historic sites such as Golden Temple of Dambulla and King’s Council Chamber are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Habarana side-trips: Yapahuwa Rock Fortress (in Yapahuwa) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Hetadage, & more). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Habarana trip builder website .

Vancouver, Canada to Habarana is an approximately 27-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Habarana, you'll lose 13 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. On the 24th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and then stroll through Arisimale Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Mihintale. Explore hidden gems such as Ruwanwelisaya and Wilpattu National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

4
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.
Popular historic sites such as Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at Commonwealth War Cemetery and Jayamali Batiks Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). Spend the 1st (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and learn more about the world around you at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation planning tool .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle Fort and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Kabalana Beach. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Kathaluwa Old Temple (in Ahangama) and Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, take in the spiritual surroundings of Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahangama, Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Visit Kande Viharaya and Kowilawatta Temple for their historical value. Tsunami Photo Museum and Barberyn Island Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Bentota, make a side trip to see Nature & Wildlife Tours in Kalutara, approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 10th (Thu) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and stop by Sunflower Arts and Crafts.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Bentota trip maker tool .

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Matara.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kowilawatta Temple, Barberyn Island Lighthouse, Kande Viharaya Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

3
nights
Matara

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Matara trip planner .

Traveling by car from Bentota to Matara takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Matara can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. On the 14th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Matara

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Highlights from your plan
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. On the next day, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

You can drive from Matara to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
River Rafting & Tubing
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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