31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
2
Jaffna
— 2 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
6
Trincomalee
— 1 night
7
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
8
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
9
Kandy
— 1 night
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
11
Ella
— 1 night
12
Yala National Park
— 1 night
13
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
14
Colombo
— 1 night
15
Yapahuwa
— 2 nights
16
Matale
— 3 nights
17
Kekirawa
— 2 nights
18
Nilaveli
— 3 nights

1
night
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, then kick back and relax at Wadduwa Beach, and then appreciate the history behind Murugan Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip maker website.

Bangkok, Thailand to Colombo is an approximately 7-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Indochina Time to India Standard Time is minus 1.5 hours. October in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Safaris, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Wadduwa Beach, Murugan Temple
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Safaris
Wadduwa Beach ©
Wadduwa Beach
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya

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nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Elephant Pass, Jaffna Market, St. Mary's Cathedral, and other attractions you added.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Jaffna day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Colombo to Jaffna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Nature · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 16:
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St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Samadhi Statue, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 17th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, then appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Lovamahapaya Brazen Palace, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nellikulama Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue, and finally steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planning site.

Drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 16 — 18:
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Dambulla online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 19:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sun): make a trip to Sigiriya, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip tool.

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

1
night
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.
You've added Saint Mary's Cathedral, Trincomalee Beach, Uppuveli, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 21st (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Uppuveli, kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee online vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Uppuveli ©
Uppuveli

2
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Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 22nd (Tue), stroll through Passikudah Beach, enjoy the sea views from Batticaloa Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kallady Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Batticaloa Fort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and then don't miss a visit to Batticaloa Gate.

To see more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Thuparama, Statue of Parakramabahu I, Dalada Maluwa, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siva Devalaya (No 1), don't miss a visit to Thuparama, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, and finally contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Somawathiya Stupa ©
Somawathiya Stupa
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, Degaldoruwa Temple, and other attractions. On the 24th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Red Mosque, make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, then make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at The Church of St Paul, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Maha Vishnu Devalaya. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy.

Discover how to plan a Kandy trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Kandy by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

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night
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.
To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature · Parks · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

1
night
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.
To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ella online route planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 28th (Mon), appreciate the history behind Buduruwagala and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park trip maker tool.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In October, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa day trip planning site.

Drive from Yala National Park to Hikkaduwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya ©
Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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Colombo

Colombo ©
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's Church and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Traditional Puppet Art Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, and then see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Yapahuwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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Yapahuwa

Yapahuwa ©
Yapahuwa was one of the ephemeral capitals of medieval Sri Lanka. You've now added Yapahuwa Rock Fortress to your itinerary. On the 1st (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Yapahuwa trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Colombo to Yapahuwa in 3.5 hours. On the 2nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Matale.

Things to do in Yapahuwa

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress

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nights
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
You've now added Nalanda Gedige to your itinerary. Do some cultural sightseeing at Aakarsha Gem House and Ethagala. Step out of the city life by going to Riverstone Gap and Sirilak Spice & Herbal Garden. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, admire the natural beauty at Oak-Ray Isiwara Ayurvedic Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

You can plan Matale trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by car from Yapahuwa to Matale takes 2 hours. November in Matale sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kekirawa.

Things to do in Matale

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Ethagala
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve
Nalanda Gedige ©
Nalanda Gedige
Ethagala ©
Ethagala

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Kekirawa

Kekirawa ©
You've now added Avukana Buddha Statue to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Kala Wewa Reservoir, pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Reswehera Rajamaha Vihara.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kekirawa trip builder.

Traveling by car from Matale to Kekirawa takes 2 hours. You will leave for Nilaveli on the 7th (Thu).

Things to do in Kekirawa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kala Wewa Reservoir, Reswehera Rajamaha Vihara
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Kala Wewa Reservoir ©
Kala Wewa Reservoir
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue

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Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Nilaveli Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Pigeon Island National Park and Girihadu Seya.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nilaveli trip planning website.

You can drive from Kekirawa to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. On the 10th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Girihadu Seya
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Girihadu Seya ©
Girihadu Seya

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