31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Rome
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Northern Province
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Galle
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Hambantota
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Kandy
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Rome

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Vatadage will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Dhilip De Alwis. Get out of town with these interesting Habarana side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, & more). Spend the 21st (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at Pethikada, look for all kinds of wild species at Fernando Adventure Safaries, don't miss a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana trip tool .

Rome, Italy to Habarana is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rome to Habarana, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Pethikada, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Visit Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Nilaveli Beach. There's still lots to do: brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, contemplate the long history of Wilgam Rajamaha Viharaya, pause for some photo ops at Velgam Vehera, and examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Northern Province.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Northern Province

Northern Province ©
With both tropical forest and a long coastline dotted with lagoons, the Northern Province has yet to fully tap into its tourism potential.
Visit Nallur Kovil and Murikandy Pillayar Shrine for their historical value. Escape the urban bustle at Lake View Park and Kokkilai Sanctuary.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Northern Province trip app .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Northern Province takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Northern Province

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites
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Lake View Park ©
Lake View Park
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Kokkilai Sanctuary ©
Kokkilai Sanctuary

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ruwanwelisaya and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Visit Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Isurumuniya Temple for their historical value. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, get outside with Eth Pokuna, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Northern Province to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Let the collections at Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum capture your imagination. Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Genuine Batik are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Sri Vijayarama Viharaya (in Ambalangoda), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio (in Hikkaduwa). Spend the 5th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galle online travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Hambantota.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Scuba & Snorkeling, Tsunami Photo Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 6:
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Get in touch with nature at Wetland Kamal Safari Bundala Park and Walawe River Safari. Explore hidden gems such as Bundala National Park and Agro Technology Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalametiya (Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary & Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary). Next up on the itinerary: view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Hambantota itinerary planner.

Getting from Galle to Hambantota by car takes about 3 hours. In October, daytime highs in Hambantota are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kalametiya, Indika Art Gallery, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Oct 6 — 9:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. Get some cultural insight at Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park), Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum (in Ramboda) and Ella (Little Adam's Peak & R. M. S Antique And Brassware). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Hambantota to Nuwara Eliya takes 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Uda Walawe National Park, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 13:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Arankelle Ancient Monastery and World Buddhist Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Brasswear Village. Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 15 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and stop by Kandy City Center.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder app .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 18:
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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