29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  17 h
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
Bus:  2 h 15 min
6
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  15 h 30 min
End: Sydney

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Kandy day trip website.

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or fly. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla day trip planning site.

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

5
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.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip maker.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Nuwara Eliya takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Baker's Falls
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

2
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: Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale) and Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory.

To find photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Diyaluma Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tissamaharama: Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park) and Yala National Park (in Yala National Park). Spend the 19th (Fri) exploring nature at Bundala National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Tissamaharama day trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Tissamaharama by car takes about 2 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Family-friendly places like Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Galle Fort (in Galle) and Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna). There's more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip planner.

You can take a bus from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Galle Fort
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Bentota Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Kalutara Beach (in Kalutara), Guruge Nature Park (in Ja Ela) and Negombo (LUV SL Negombo & Negombo Beach). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, step into the grandiose world of National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Beach, Bentota Beach, Guruge Nature Park
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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