29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Beirut
Fly + Taxi:  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): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, 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 maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner.

Beirut, Lebanon to Sigiriya is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. 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

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.
Popular historic sites such as Mihintale and Isurumuniya Temple are in your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom and Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Polonnaruwa and see Medirigiriya Vatadage, which is approximately 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura itinerary maker website.

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

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

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

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 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

Matale, Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 11:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
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 in touch with nature at Mirissa Beach and Medawatta Beach. We've included these beaches for you: Kalametiya Beach and Amanwella Silent Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya), Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara) and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (in Galle). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. January in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle, Kalametiya, Kahandamodara Beach, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird 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.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Sri Vijayarama Viharaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Hikkaduwa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Galle (Galle Fort, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, &more) and Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Unawatuna Beach, &more). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery, and explore the galleries of Genuine Batik.

Planning Hikkaduwa trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In January in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow 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.
Get in touch with nature at Udawalawe National Park and Horton Plains National Park. Get some cultural insight at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ella (Little Adam's Peak & R. M. S Antique And Brassware) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, gain interesting insight with Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a 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

Side Trips

Ella, Udawalawe National Park, Ramboda Waterfall, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 24:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Negombo Beach and Katukurunda Beach. Appreciate the collections at Colombo National Museum and Ganeshism Studio Gallery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: National Telecommunication Museum (in Padukka) and Kalutara (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, see the interesting displays at J R Jayawardena Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Kathiresan Temple.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Colombo travel itinerary planner.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

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