29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

Make it your trip
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Dambulla
— 4 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Fly
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 5 nights
Fly
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Unawatuna
— 5 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights
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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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Lahore, Pakistan to Kandy is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lahore to Kandy, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 14:

Dambulla

— 4 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Spend the 18th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, contemplate the long history of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary maker website.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 14 — 18:

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 22:

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
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 23rd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park vacation maker app.

Fly from Anuradhapura to Udawalawe National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 22 — 23:
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 5 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, relax and rejuvenate at Yoga Ella, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 28:

Unawatuna

— 5 nights
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 28 — Feb 2:

Colombo

— 5 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 4th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Urban Island, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

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

Drive from Unawatuna to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. February in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Feb 2 — 7:

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.