31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 6 nights
2
Kandy
— 6 nights
3
Galle
— 7 nights
4
Bentota
— 3 nights
5
Ella
— 5 nights
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights

6
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Negombo Beach and Mount Lavinia Beach. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at ayubolankatours and Pettah. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Negombo to see Spas about 50 minutes away. There's much more to do: stop by Barefoot, buy something for everyone on your list at Crescat Boulevard Mall, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip planner.

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Colombo. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Negombo
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Barefoot ©
Barefoot
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia 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.
For shopping fun, head to Karu Arts & Crafts or Blue Field Tea Factory. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs) and Sigiriya (Pidurangala Rock, Pethikada, &more). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society.

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

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Ramboda, Dambulla, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

7
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
We've included these beaches for you: Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Shop till you drop at Cara Jewellers and Indika Art Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Coconut Tree Hill), Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip maker app.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tangalle, Matara
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Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Relax by the water at Bentota Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bentota side-trips: Akurala Beach (in Akurala), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Palace Seaside (in Waskaduwa). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Beruwala Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip builder.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Akurala Beach, Beruwala Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Palace Seaside
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Kande-ela Reservoir, &more) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, admire the sheer force of Baker's Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ella road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Tissamaharama, Baker's Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, and explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil.

To see reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay travel planning app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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