31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Negombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
4
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Bentota
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  17 h
End: Amsterdam

3
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
We've included these beaches for you: Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Negombo: Colombo (Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, Galle Face Green, & more). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Negombo day trip planning website .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Negombo is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. In January, Negombo is much warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Colombo
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Get in touch with nature at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Kaudulla National Park. Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Minneriya National Park).

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Dambulla in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Pidurangala Rock
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

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.
Get in touch with nature at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya) and Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Rathna Ella waterfall
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

4
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Escape the urban bustle at Yala National Park and Safaris. Explore Tissamaharama's surroundings by going to Kalametiya (Kalametiya Beach & Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary). Spend the 21st (Mon) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa and don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama travel itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Tissamaharama in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalametiya, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris

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.
Get in touch with nature at Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park) and Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Ella fast, fun, and easy.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 28th (Mon), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park road trip planning website .

You can drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Visit Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach for some beach relaxation. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Matara Beach (in Matara), Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna) and Galle Fort (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and stop by LAZY.RIDE.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa road trip planning website .

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Matara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Relax by the water at Hikkaduwa Beach and Beruwala Beach. Visiting Bentota Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Bentota: Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya (in Karandeniya), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, stroll through Narigama Beach, browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Bentota attractions planner .

Drive from Mirissa to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. February in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Kowilawatta Temple, Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya, Beruwala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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