29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Moscow
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
7
Dambulla
— 5 nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner .

Moscow, Russia to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Moscow Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Bambaragala Viharaya, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 26:
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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 appreciate attractions like Mirissa Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Venture out of the city with trips to Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Kayaking & Canoeing (in Galle) and Kalametiya (Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching & Kalametiya Beach). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stop by LAZY.RIDE, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and stroll through Medawatta Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa online driving holiday 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. In December, daytime highs in Mirissa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kalametiya, Matara, Nandana Tea Factory, Kayaking & Canoeing, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

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 Mihiripenna Beach. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Scuba & Snorkeling). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, identify plant and animal life at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Narigama Beach.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. 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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir, Horton Plains National Park, & more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take some stellar pictures from Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Uda Walawe 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
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
On the 9th (Thu), get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then identify plant and animal life at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park day trip tool .

You can drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2.5 hours. January in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©

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.
Attractions like Sithulpawwa Rock Temple and Kirinda Viharaya make great kid-friendly stops. Get out of town with these interesting Yala National Park side-trips: Tissamaharama (Yatala Wehera, Safaris, & more) and Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama). It doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Uda Walawe National Park to Yala National Park. In January, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up 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, Yala National Park, Kirinda Viharaya
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 13:
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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: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Minneriya National Park (in Habarana) and Trincomalee (Koneswaram Temple & Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner .

You can fly from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You will leave for home on the 18th (Sat).

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Trincomalee, Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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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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