28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Drive:  3 h 45 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Ella
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Mirissa
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h
7
Colombo
— 5 nights
End: Colombo

4
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mihintale and Dagoba of Thuparama. Take a break from the city and head to Wilpattu National Park and Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna). Change things up with a short trip to Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom in Yapahuwa (about 1h 30 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura day trip planning site.

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4- hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 25:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 27:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

4
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at I Love Ceylon Gallery and The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent. Get outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya), Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). There's much more to do: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and take some stellar pictures from Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Horton Plains National Park, The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 31:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Safaris
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Galle Fort and Genuine Batik. Escape the urban bustle at Hikkaduwa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Unawatuna (Unawatuna Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling, &more), Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & EXOTIC ROOTS) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

Plan a Hikkaduwa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Ella to Hikkaduwa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Turtle Care, Kowilawatta Temple
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 5:
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get some cultural insight at Indika Art Gallery and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mirissa Beach and Medawatta Beach. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa in Habaraduwa, approximately Habaraduwa away. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa road trip planning site.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

4
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.
Let the collections at Arankelle Ancient Monastery and World Buddhist Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Brasswear Village. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya (in Mawanella), Matale (Aakarsha Gem House & Highland Spice Garden) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll through Elephant Freedom Project, and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Colombo National Museum and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. You'll get in some beach time at Mount Lavinia Beach and Negombo Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (St. Anne's Church & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, and get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum.

To find out how to plan a trip to Colombo, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by combination of train and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 17:
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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