31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Galle
— 3 nights
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
3
Ella
— 3 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
5
Habarana
— 3 nights
6
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
8
Colombo
— 5 nights

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Sinharaja Forest Entrance (in Deniyaya), Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more) and Ethamala Ella Waterfall (in Morawaka). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, have fun at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip maker website.

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 7-hour flight. Traveling from Bengaluru in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Galle, with lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Sinharaja Forest Entrance, Mirissa Beach, Ethamala Ella Waterfall
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Ohiya (Kirigalpotta & Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail), Aberdeen Falls (in Ginigathena) and Warleigh Church (in Dickoya). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya holiday maker app.

You can fly from Galle to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ohiya, Devathura Falls, Ramboda Waterfall, Aberdeen Falls, Warleigh Church
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 8:
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, trek along Mini Adams Peak, and get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. In July, daytime highs in Ella are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Classes Outdoors

Side Trips

Buduruwagala, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Okanda Devalaya (in Yala National Park) and Kumana National Park (in Ampara).

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay route maker tool.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in July, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ampara, Okanda Devalaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, explore the striking landscape of Kaudulla National Park, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Habarana tour itinerary app.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Habarana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 17:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

4
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya in Mannar (about 56 minutes away). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and get outside with Eth Pokuna.

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Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rajagiri Kanda Caves, Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
Find places to stay Jul 17 — 21:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, get where you need to go with RB Tours Srilanka, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bentota Beach and Negombo Beach. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Photography Tours & Angurukaramulla Temple). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, head outdoors with Scan Alpine Outdoor Solutions, stroll around Galle Face Green, and visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Colombo travel planner.

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In July in Colombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Bentota Beach, Diyasaru Park, Sri Vishnu Kovil
Find places to stay Jul 26 — 31:
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Safaris
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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