29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
7
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Beirut

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya route builder website .

Beirut, Lebanon to Sigiriya is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Beirut to Sigiriya, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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.
Visit Mihintale and Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom (in Yapahuwa) and Medirigiriya Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For photos and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Medirigiriya Vatadage, Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and World Buddhist Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanical Gardens and Elephant Freedom Project. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura), Matale (Aakarsha Gem House & Sri Muthumariamman Temple) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kandy Lake and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip builder .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Matale, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get some cultural insight at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. Appreciate the collections at Indika Art Gallery and Art Batiks. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Kalametiya (Kalametiya Beach & Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching) and Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online route maker .

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kalametiya, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Kahandamodara Beach
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Hikkaduwa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & EXOTIC ROOTS) and Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Mihiripenna Beach, & more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, view the masterpieces at Genuine Batik, explore the galleries of Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online trip planner .

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 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 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Ambalangoda, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Udawalawe National Park and Ramboda Waterfall. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Venture out of the city with trips to Little Adam's Peak (in Ella) and Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum (in Ramboda). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, trek along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Udawalawe National Park, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, Ramboda Waterfall
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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. The Bandaranaike Museum and Ganeshism Studio Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia), National Telecommunication Museum (in Padukka) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, kick back and relax at Katukurunda Beach, admire the masterpieces at Saskia Fernando Gallery, and stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colombo tour planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Katukurunda Beach, Negombo Beach, National Telecommunication Museum, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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