30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly + Taxi:  12 h 15 min
1
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
7
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  1 h
8
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Melbourne

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach).

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Melbourne, Australia to Unawatuna is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Unawatuna due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Melbourne in January: high temperatures in Unawatuna hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
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: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, &more), Bandarawela (Amba Estate & Dhowa Rock Temple) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, delve into the mystery of Divurumpola, and snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ella travel route builder .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Bandarawela, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Divurumpola
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

4
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yala National Park side-trips: Bundala National Park (in Weligatta), Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park day trip site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Bundala National Park, Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
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 14th (Fri): stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, then make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Make your Sigiriya itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Yala National Park to Sigiriya by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 15:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park tour planning tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 17:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Pinnawala Jumbos & Elephant Freedom Project). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

6
nights
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 find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Negombo Beach). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip site .

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In February in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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