34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
7
Panadura
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Colombo
— 1 night
Train:  1​h 45​min
10
Galle
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

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 see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip tool .

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale and then contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip app .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. You will leave for Sigiriya on the 29th (Wed).

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Spend the 1st (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya visit planning app .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Kandy road trip website .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can drive 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya online road trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive 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
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic 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, parks, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella tour itinerary maker site .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. You will leave for Panadura on the 11th (Tue).

Things to do in Ella

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

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. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalutara (Kalutara Bodhiya & Thudugala Ella waterfall). There's still lots to do: have some family-friendly fun at Sri Lanka Karting Circuit and enjoy the sand and surf at Panadura Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Panadura online travel planner .

Drive from Ella to Panadura in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°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
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya
Thudugala Ella waterfall ©
Thudugala Ella waterfall

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa, approximately 42 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa travel route builder website .

Drive from Panadura to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Colombo

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
Change things up 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, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galle online day trip planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. February in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train 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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