29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
5
Ella
— 3 nights
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
8
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights

4
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.
Step out of Colombo to go to Negombo and see Wicky Tours, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Spend the 23rd (Thu) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Sri Vishnu Kovil.

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Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Vishnu Kovil, Wicky Tours
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Coffee & Tea Tours

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). Spend the 8th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the galleries of Pethikada.

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

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Avukana Buddha Statue, Spas
Find places to stay Aug 5 — 8:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ella visit website.

Getting from Sigiriya to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Haputale
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 11:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay travel app.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Aug 11 — 14:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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.
On the 15th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park itinerary app.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kirinda Viharaya
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & Galle Fort), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Hikkaduwa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Hikkaduwa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Nandana Tea Factory, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 20:
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory

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