34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
6
Ella
— 3 nights
7
Panadura
— 7 nights
8
Mirissa
— 5 nights
9
Colombo
— 1 night
10
Galle
— 3 nights

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.
To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online tour itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 27th (Mon), you'll travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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2
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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale and then contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 29th (Wed), you're off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary site.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. You will leave for Kandy on the 2nd (Sun).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
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.
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. On the 4th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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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

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Devil's Staircase as well as Adam's Peak (Sri pada). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya road trip tool.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Devil's Staircase, Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
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Adam's Peak (Sri pada) ©
Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

3
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.
Ella is known for nature, spas, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. On the 11th (Tue), you'll travel to Panadura.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

7
nights
Panadura

Panadura ©
Panadura is a large town in Kalutara District, Western Province in Sri Lanka. You've now added Galle Fort to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Panadura side-trips: Kalutara (Kalutara Bodhiya & Thudugala Ella waterfall). There's more to do: have some family-friendly fun at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit and enjoy the sand and surf at Panadura Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Panadura trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Panadura in 5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Panadura are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Panadura

Historic Sites Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Kalutara, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka Karting Circuit
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sri Lanka Karting Circuit ©
Sri Lanka Karting Circuit
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Change things up with a short trip to Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa (about 42 minutes away). There's much more to do: stroll through Mirissa Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Snake Farm, and kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa tour builder tool.

Traveling by car from Panadura to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in February, and nighttime lows around °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

1
night
Colombo

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colombo vacation planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa in Hikkaduwa, about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Galle vacation planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. On the 27th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Find places to stay Feb 24 — 27:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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