29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Negombo
— 1 night
3
Puttalam
— 2 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
7
Ella
— 2 nights
8
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
9
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
10
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
11
Dikwella
— 2 nights
12
Mirissa
— 2 nights
13
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
14
Galle
— 2 nights

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 2nd (Sun), get outside with Outdoor Activities. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll around Galle Face Green, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, thentake in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and finally get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo holiday builder.

Cairo, Egypt to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Cairo to Colombo due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cairo in August, plan for little chillier days in Colombo, with highs around °C, while nights are about the same with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Walking tours

1
night
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market, don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, and finally look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Negombo trip builder.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Puttalam.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Shopping Beaches
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market

2
nights
Puttalam

Puttalam
Puttalam is a large town in Puttalam District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne’s Church.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Puttalam trip itinerary builder app.

Getting from Negombo to Puttalam by car takes about 2.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Puttalam are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Puttalam

Historic Sites
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2
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mihintale, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura tour planner.

Getting from Puttalam to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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.
On the 9th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, thenget some fabulous bargains at Oakray Woodcarvings, and finally delve into the distant past at Sinhagiri. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, thensee the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sinhagiri ©
Sinhagiri

2
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.
On the 11th (Tue), stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenbrowse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip website.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, thenadmire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and finally stop by I Love Ceylon Gallery. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thentake in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, thentake in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally whizz through the canopy at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ella online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Spas
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon. On the next day, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

2
nights
Yala National Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yala National Park: Tissamaharama (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Sithulpawwa Rock Temple) and Kirinda Viharaya (in Kirinda). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park route builder app.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kirinda Viharaya
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Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya ©
Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya
Safaris
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple

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nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park travel site.

Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Dikwella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Dikwella

Dikwella ©
Hiriketiya Beach has been added to your itinerary.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Dikwella travel planning tool.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Dikwella takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Dikwella

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Hiriketiya Beach, Hummanaya Blow Hole
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Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 22nd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and then get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip builder.

Traveling by car from Dikwella to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Parrot Rock Bridge ©
Parrot Rock Bridge

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): stop by Made In Ceylon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and finally kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Wed) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Made In Ceylon ©
Made In Ceylon
Spas

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya. On your second day here, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, thenmake a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and finally look for gifts at Tea Zone.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Galle fast, fun, and easy.

Galle is just a short distance from Unawatuna. In August, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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