29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi to Habarana, Train to Colombo

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota (Boat Tours & Water Sports & Bentota Beach). Spend the 22nd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, and explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip planner.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In October, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trip

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2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): stroll through Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, tour in harmony with nature at Lanka Tracker - Day Tours and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park tour planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Udawalawe National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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2
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Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Keep things going the next day: see Off-Road Tours and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. October in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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4
nights
Arugam Bay

Spend the 29th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 31:

4
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online route builder.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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5
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Galle (Galle Fort & Sinharaja Forest Reserve), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Unawatuna (Spas, Made In Ceylon, &more). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get some fabulous bargains at Tea House, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and don't miss a visit to Parrot Rock Bridge.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pussellawa to see Ramboda Waterfall about 1h 35 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kandy travel route app.

Fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 9 — 13:

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Pinnawala

The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then get a dose of the wild on See Lanka Travels. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Elephant Freedom Project and then look for gifts at Luv SL.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Pinnawala in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Pinnawala are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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2
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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 16th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, don't miss a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, and then view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To see more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Dambulla in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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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.