29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + taxi:  14​h
1
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Uda Walawe National Park
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Galle
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
7
Kandy
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

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 out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Nuwara Eliya (Sita Temple, Horton Plains National Park, & more) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden.

For maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ella online route builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Ella is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Ella. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Lipton’s Seat
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 25th (Thu), get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
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 Yala National Park's surroundings by going to Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, & more) and Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park online vacation planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. June in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Uda Walawe National Park: Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa), Kalametiya (Kalametiya Beach & Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching) and Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Kirigalpotta, and take in the dramatic scenery at Kirindi Ella.

To find photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Uda Walawe National Park. In June, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalametiya, Sampath Gems, Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, Kirigalpotta, Kirindi Ella
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Kirigalpotta ©
Kirigalpotta

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Gal Vihara) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, look for all kinds of wild species at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Colombo (Galle Face Green & Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and look for gifts at Tea Zone.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

7
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: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planning site .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Nuwara Eliya, Peradeniya, Rathna Ella waterfall, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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