33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
3
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
5
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chennai

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Wilpattu National Park and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Get some cultural insight at Mihintale and Tissa Wewa. The adventure continues: get outside with Eth Pokuna, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura travel planner.

Chennai, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

2
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the next day, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Dambulla road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Dambulla

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Spas

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You'll get in some beach time at Mihiripenna Beach and Dalawella Beach. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Unawatuna Beach.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Galle
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then examine the collection at Raja Museum, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Bundala National Park and Bundala birds paradise. Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Kiri Vehera. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tissamaharama: Yala National Park (in Yala National Park) and Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Kiri Vehera, Yala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Diyaluma Falls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Trail Ella. On the 10th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella road trip planner .

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
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.
Visiting Udawalawe National Park and Mahapelessa Hot Springs will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage. Step out of Udawalawe National Park to go to Ratnapura and see Sampath Gems, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Sampath Gems, Mahapelessa Hot Springs
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa online sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa takes 3.5 hours. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Matara
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ahungalla Beach and Safaris. Escape the urban bustle at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Sea Turtle Protection Association. Step out of Bentota to go to Kahapola and see The Marina, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: stroll through Bentota Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, and explore the activities along Madugnga Lake.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Bentota planning site .

Getting from Mirissa to Bentota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In January, daytime highs in Bentota are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Ahungalla, Balapitiya, Safaris, The Marina
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya and then stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa road trip planning site .

You can drive from Bentota to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In January, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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