30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Prague
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
taxi + train:  4​h 15​min
7
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Travel:  68​h
End: Prague

2
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.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Borella All Saints Church will appeal to history buffs. Shop till you drop at Palace Seaside and Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Kalutara--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah, and kick back and relax at Negombo Beach.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Colombo sightseeing website .

Prague, Czech Republic to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Prague to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Prague in December, things will get much hotter in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Palace Seaside, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and World Buddhist Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

To find ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy travel route builder tool .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 31:
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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
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary maker site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala)
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
Shop till you drop at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. Visiting Udawalawe National Park and Gregory Lake will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Demodara Nine Arch Bridge (in Ella). There's much more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya day trip tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ella, Udawalawe National Park, Lipton’s Seat
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 9:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Keep things going the next day: stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

4
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.
Appreciate the collections at Sigiriya Museum and Pethikada. Popular historic sites such as Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya are in your itinerary. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Hurulu Eco Park (in Habarana) and Mihintale (in Anuradhapura). There's much more to do: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery, admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Mihintale
Find places to stay Jan 11 — 15:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

3
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
You'll get in some beach time at Kovalam Beach and Casuarina Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nallur Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, step off the mainland to explore Neduntheevu (Delft Island), and take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jaffna road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Sigiriya to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jaffna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

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