29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
1
Arugam Bay
— Few hours
Drive:  2 h
2
Monaragala
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ratnapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Train:  45 min
9
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
10
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
11
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
12
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
13
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  30 min
14
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
15
Negombo
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  45 min
End: Colombo

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay online journey planner .

Colombo to Arugam Bay is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel to Monaragala.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Magul Maha Viharaya ©
Magul Maha Viharaya

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Monaragala

Monaragala
On the 13th (Sat), make a trip to Biso Pokuna.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Monaragala journey builder .

Drive from Arugam Bay to Monaragala in 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Ella.
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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 14th (Sun): snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, then identify plant and animal life at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally admire the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ella itinerary planning site .

Drive from Monaragala to Ella in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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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.
Step out of Nuwara Eliya with an excursion to Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya--about 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory , take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

You can plan Nuwara Eliya trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Ratnapura.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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Ratnapura

Ratnapura ©
Ratnapura is a major city in Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pothgul Vihare Ratnapura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya, then see the interesting displays at Gemmological Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Kalthota Doowili Ella Falls.

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Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ratnapura takes 4 hours. In October in Ratnapura, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ratnapura

Museums Parks Nature
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Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya

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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ratnapura to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, then kick back and relax at Amanwella Silent Beach, then kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and finally stroll through Medilla Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak, stroll through Pallikkudawa Fanda Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mawella Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Rekawa route planner .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Rekawa takes 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rekawa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
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Amanwella Silent Beach ©
Amanwella Silent Beach
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach

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Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, stop by Dress Palace, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, don't miss a visit to Dondra Head Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Matara Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Rekawa to Mirissa in 2 hours. October in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
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.
Unawatuna is known for beaches, adventure, spas, classes, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by New world craft, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, then make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and finally kick back and relax at Narigama Beach.

To see traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip planner .

Hikkaduwa is just a short distance from Unawatuna. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 30th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Wed): stroll through Dalawella Beach, then look for gifts at Orchid House, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle online tour builder .

Galle is very close to Hikkaduwa. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Orchid House ©
Orchid House

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 15 min away). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take in the awesome beauty at Alagalla Mountain Range.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy tour planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 4th (Sun), step into the grandiose world of Golden Cave Temple, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then explore the world behind art at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum, and finally explore and take pictures at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, & more). Spend the 6th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, get a taste of the local shopping with Sigiriya Craft Village, and see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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.
On the 8th (Thu), make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, then get a sense of history and politics at Old Parliament Building, and then stroll through Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Viharamahadevi Park, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

You can plan Negombo trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Negombo in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In November in Negombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Colombo
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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