29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Gdansk
Fly + Taxi:  16 h 30 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Ella
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Kandy
— 6 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
6
Bentota
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h
End: Gdansk

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruwanwelisaya and Popham's Arboretum. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Kaudulla National Park, & more) and Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock, Pethikada, & more). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura tour itinerary maker website .

Gdansk, Poland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Gdansk to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Popham's Arboretum
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Spas

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Batticaloa Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kallady Beach, and then stroll through Passikudah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Batticaloa Gate and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kalkudah takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Batticaloa Gate ©
Batticaloa Gate

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Udawalawe Trails (in Udawalawa), Safaris (in Udawalawe National Park) and Amba Estate (in Bandarawela). There's still lots to do: indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ella tour itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawe Trails, Safaris, Amba Estate
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Safaris
Spas

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Narigama Beach and Spas. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa).

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna route site .

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Cara Jewellers, Mirissa Beach
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Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Spas

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kandy Garrison Cemetery and World Buddhist Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, & more), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Embekke Devalaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ahungalla Beach and Sea Turtle Protection Association. Get out of town with these interesting Bentota side-trips: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach and stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bentota online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kandy to Bentota by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ahungalla, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Scuba & Snorkeling, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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