31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Seeduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Kandy
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

5
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Popular historic sites such as Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Sri Anjaneyar Temple are in your itinerary. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Katukurunda Beach (in Katukurunda), Palace Seaside (in Waskaduwa) and Kalutara (Kalutara Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Treat yourself to a day of pampering on the 27th (Fri) at some of the best spas. Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, browse the different shops at Colombo City Centre, revel in the low prices at Noritake Factory Store, and hunt for treasures at Pettah.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo itinerary planning website .

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Colombo. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo Beach, Katukurunda Beach, Palace Seaside, Sri Anjaneyar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Seeduwa

Seeduwa ©
Seeduwa is a suburb of Negombo city, in Western Province of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Angurukaramulla Temple, hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market, and then explore the activities along Dutch Canal.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Seeduwa trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Seeduwa takes an hour. In December in Seeduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Seeduwa

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Angurukaramulla Temple ©
Angurukaramulla Temple

2
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.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Ancient City of Sigiriya. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, and finally Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya holiday planning website .

Drive from Seeduwa to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Visit Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya for their historical value. Kids will enjoy Moon Plains and Ambewela Farms. Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Horton Plains National Park, look for gifts at Mackwoods Tea Centre, admire all the interesting features of Bluefield Tea Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Uda Walawe National Park
Highlights from your plan
Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela and St Mark’s Church. Get some cultural insight at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya (in Badulla), Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail (in Udawalawa) and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham (in Haputale). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Highlights from your plan
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Popular historic sites such as Galle Fort and Kowilawatta Temple are in your itinerary. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Unawatuna (Unawatuna Devol Devalaya & Jungle Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kowilawatta Temple, Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Indika Art Gallery and Wewurukannala Vihara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Dondra Head Lighthouse. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery in Habaraduwa, approximately 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), get outside with Outdoor Activities, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa tour builder site .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Wewurukannala Vihara
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Asgiriya Maha Viharaya. For shopping fun, head to Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items or Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, make a trip to Kandy view point, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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