29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Moscow
Fly + Taxi:  16 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
4
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
7
Dambulla
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Moscow

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary site.

Moscow, Russia to Kandy is an approximately 12- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Moscow Standard Time (MSK) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya, Ramboda Waterfall, 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

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kids will enjoy Mirissa Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Kalametiya (Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching & Kalametiya Beach) and Kayaking & Canoeing (in Galle). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stop by LAZY.RIDE, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach.

To find photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa online attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Mirissa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kalametiya, Matara, Nandana Tea Factory, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), Kayaking & Canoeing
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

4
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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Unawatuna (Mihiripenna Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and stroll through Narigama Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa online vacation maker.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. December in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 3:
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

5
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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana) and Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir, Horton Plains National Park, &more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Trail Ella, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 8:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails. On the next day, stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

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.
Bring the kids along to Sithulpawwa Rock Temple and Kirinda Viharaya. Explore Yala National Park's surroundings by going to Kataragama (Kataragama Temple & Kiri Vehera) and Tissamaharama (Yatala Wehera & Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park journey planning tool.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park by car takes about 2 hours. January in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Kirinda Viharaya
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Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Trincomalee (Koneswaram Temple & Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple), Nilaveli Beach (in Nilaveli) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla tour app.

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Trincomalee, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Nilaveli Beach
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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