41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Mirissa
— 4 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
10
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
11
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
12
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
13
Matara
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
14
Dickoya
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 45​min
End: Warsaw

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
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 visit kid-friendly attractions like Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs & St. Mary's Church). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary builder website .

Warsaw, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Warsaw to Colombo. Traveling from Warsaw in January, expect Colombo to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

1
night
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

On the 6th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, then observe the fascinating underwater world at National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia vacation tool .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 7th (Tue), delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, then get a new perspective on nature at Maritime Archeology Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Traveling by car from Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia to Galle takes 2 hours. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Wildlife Nature
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Maritime Archeology Museum ©
Maritime Archeology Museum
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Jungle Beach, then don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and finally look for gifts at Made In Ceylon. Here are some ideas for day two: experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate, then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Galle. In January in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Bring the kids along to Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Go for a jaunt from Hikkaduwa to Bentota to see Sea Turtle Protection Association about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In January, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Bentota, Ahungalla Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sinharaja Forest Entrance (in Deniyaya) and Ethamala Ella Waterfall (in Morawaka). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa day trip website .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. January in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sinharaja Forest Entrance, Ethamala Ella Waterfall
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip maker app .

Getting from Mirissa to Yala National Park by bus takes about 5.5 hours. January in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Kataragama, Yala National Park
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail and then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawa trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawa. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©

1
night
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 22nd (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner .

Traveling by car from Udawalawa to Ella takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner .

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Vihara). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, look for all kinds of wild species at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya online journey maker .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple and Ambewela Farms. Step out of Nuwara Eliya with an excursion to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya driving holiday website .

Getting from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Matara.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Ambewela Farms ©
Ambewela Farms

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Matara

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Hiriketiya Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and then stroll through Hiriketiya Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Snake Farm, relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Matara tour planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Matara in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 6th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dickoya.

Things to do in Matara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Nandana Tea Factory
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory

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nights
Dickoya

Dickoya ©
Dickoya is a town in Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. Adam's Peak (Sri pada) has been added to your itinerary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): stop by Mlesna Tea Castle and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Adam's Peak (Sri pada).

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Dickoya vacation planner .

Drive from Matara to Dickoya in 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Dickoya

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Mlesna Tea Castle, Adam's Peak (Sri pada), Castlereagh Reservoir
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Adam's Peak (Sri pada) ©
Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
Castlereagh Reservoir ©
Castlereagh Reservoir

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