31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka sightseeing planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Drive to Habarana
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Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly
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Galle
— 5 nights
Drive
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Bentota
— 4 nights
Drive
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Matara
— 3 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 2 nights
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Habarana

— 3 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Yapahuwa Rock Fortress. Popular historic sites such as Golden Temple of Dambulla and King’s Council Chamber are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Medirigiriya Vatadage, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). Spend the 20th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Habarana trip planning tool.

Vancouver, Canada to Habarana is an approximately 23.5-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 13.5 hours traveling from Vancouver to Habarana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Trincomalee

— 2 nights
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): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then stroll through Arisimale Beach.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner.

Getting from Habarana to Trincomalee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: 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 · Wildlife

Side Trip

Anuradhapura

— 4 nights
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.
Isurumuniya Temple and Mihintale will appeal to history buffs. Visiting Eth Pokuna and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura holiday planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy War Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Explore hidden gems such as Elephant Freedom Project and Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately Pinnawala away. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy day trip website.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can fly to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Galle

— 5 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Orchid House and Dalawella Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Jungle Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya (in Hikkaduwa) and Kabalana Beach (in Ahangama). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, take in the exciting artwork at Exotic Roots, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentota

— 4 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Popular historic sites such as Kande Viharaya Temple and Kowilawatta Temple are in your itinerary. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Change things up with a short trip to Tsunami Photo Museum in Telwatta (about 50 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, look for gifts at Sunflower Arts and Crafts, enjoy the sea views from Barberyn Island Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Bentota travel planner.

Getting from Galle to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Matara.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Matara

— 3 nights

Mathota

A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Matara trip planning tool.

Getting from Bentota to Matara by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Matara

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colombo

— 2 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 14th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

Plan trip to Colombo with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Getting from Matara to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.