31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Istanbul
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Kandy
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
6
Nilaveli
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Istanbul

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ahungalla Beach and Beruwala Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Galle (Galle Fort & Dutch Reformed Church), Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, White Boat, &more). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, explore the galleries of Saffron Robes, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online sightseeing planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: high temperatures in Hikkaduwa hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle, Kosgoda Turtle Care, Ahungalla Beach, Bentota Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

5
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Medawatta Beach. Popular historic sites such as Tangalle Lighthouse and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (in Galle) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, catch a ride with Walkers Evolution, and stroll through Turtle Point.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Freedom Project and Royal Botanical Gardens. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ceylon Tea Museum and Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy travel route planner.

Fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawa National Park Safari.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawa National Park Safari ©
Udawalawa National Park Safari

3
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Dambulla Cave Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Dalada Maluwa). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For photos and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip maker site.

You can fly from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
You'll explore and learn at Hoods Tower Museum and Orr's Hill Army Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Nilaveli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Nilaveli, make a side trip to see Koneswaram Temple in Trincomalee, approximately Trincomalee away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli visit website.

Getting from Sigiriya to Nilaveli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Isurumuniya Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and Samadhi Statue. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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