31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
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Galle
— 4 nights
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Ella
— 4 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Colombo

— 3 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 17th (Sat) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo online tour itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. July in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 19:

Galle

— 4 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, &more), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's still lots to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galle tour itinerary tool.

Getting from Colombo to Galle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 19 — 23:

Ella

— 4 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.
Step out of Ella with an excursion to Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya--about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, enjoy some diversion at Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella, and soothe aching muscles at Yoga Ella.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ella holiday website.

Drive from Galle to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 27:

Arugam Bay

— 4 nights
Spend the 28th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip site.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

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

Trincomalee

— 4 nights
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, steep yourself in history at Trincomalee Harbour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 4:

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Safaris (in Habarana). Spend the 7th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online tour planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Sigiriya by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 4 — 7:

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: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

Before you visit Anuradhapura, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

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 Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kandy online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 11 — 15:

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.