29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Sigiriya
— 1 night
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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Mirissa
— 4 nights
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Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights

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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): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Sigiriya is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Beirut to Sigiriya is 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Must see
Sigiriya Fortress
4.6
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Nature / Park
Dhilip De Alwis
5.0

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mihintale and Isurumuniya Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Polonnaruwa and see Medirigiriya Vatadage, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:
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Religious Site
Mihintale
4.8
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Nature / Park
Wilpattu National Park
3.8
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Architectural Building
Ruwanwelisaya
4.6

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 a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Ceylon Tea Museum. Get outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and Elephant Freedom Project. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium) and Matale (Aakarsha Gem House & Sri Muthumariamman Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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4
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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get in touch with nature at Mirissa Beach and Kalametiya Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Medawatta Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya) and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (in Galle). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Mirissa trip website.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Must see
Mirissa Beach
4.3
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.6

5
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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.
Galle Fort and Tsunami Photo Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & EXOTIC ROOTS). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, view the masterpieces at Genuine Batik, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
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Must see
Hikkaduwa Beach
4.1
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World heritage site
Galle Fort
4.4
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Beach
Jungle Beach
3.4

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Get in touch with nature at Udawalawe National Park and Mohini falls. Get some cultural insight at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Ella (Little Adam's Peak & R. M. S Antique And Brassware). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, gain interesting insight with Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Waterfall
Ramboda Waterfall
4.4

5
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Colombo National Museum and Ganeshism Studio Gallery. We've included these beaches for you: Mount Lavinia Beach and Negombo Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara), National Telecommunication Museum (in Padukka) and Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Katukurunda Beach, see the interesting displays at Dutch Museum, and admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 24 — 29:
Highlights from your trip
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History Museum
Colombo National Museum
3.6
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.9

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