31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 5 nights
2
Seeduwa
— 1 night
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
5
Ella
— 4 nights
6
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
8
Kandy
— 5 nights

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Old Kathiresan Temple are in your itinerary. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mount Lavinia Beach and Kalutara Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Palace Seaside (in Waskaduwa), Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, revel in the low prices at Noritake Factory Store, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planning app.

Sydney, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is minus 4.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in December, with highs in Colombo at °C and lows at °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Seeduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Katukurunda Beach, Palace Seaside, Negombo Beach, Sri Anjaneyar Temple
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:
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Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Seeduwa

Seeduwa ©
Seeduwa is a suburb of Negombo city, in Western Province of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Angurukaramulla Temple, thenbrowse the eclectic array of goods at Negombo Fish Market, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Dutch Canal.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Seeduwa road trip app.

You can drive from Colombo to Seeduwa in an hour. In December, daytime highs in Seeduwa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Seeduwa

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Negombo
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:
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Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market
Angurukaramulla Temple ©
Angurukaramulla Temple

2
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.
On the 30th (Mon), make a trip to Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, thenbrowse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Seeduwa to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 31:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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 out of the city life by going to Udawalawe National Park and Horton Plains National Park. Get some historical perspective at Sita Temple and Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Pussellawa and see Ramboda Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, take in the awesome beauty at Moon Plains, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya journey builder app.

Drive from Sigiriya to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Udawalawe National Park
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 4:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya and St Mark’s Church. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mahamevnawa Monastery and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Udawalawe Trails (in Udawalawa) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ella driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Badulla, Udawalawe Trails, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 8:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Hikkaduwa Beach and Jungle Beach. Get some cultural insight at Galle Fort and Tsunami Photo Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Devol Devalaya & Lak Gems & Jewellery). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa travel route website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Hikkaduwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 12:
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get in touch with nature at Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Indika Art Gallery and Dondra Head Lighthouse. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa) and Wewurukannala Vihara (in Dikwella). There's still lots to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa online route planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Wewurukannala Vihara
Find places to stay Jan 12 — 15:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Knuckles Forest Reserve. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, play a few rounds at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Kandy visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Mirissa to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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