31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  45 min
2
Negombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Kegalle
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
8
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h
11
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
12
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
13
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  17 h 30 min
End: London

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 31st (Tue), discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Colombo tour planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 13,5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from London in maart: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 38°C and lows are around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, and then look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Muthurajawela Marsh, then hunt for treasures at Negombo Fish Market, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Sebastian’s Church, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Anne's Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo journey planning site.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In maart in Negombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kegalle.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Negombo Fish Market ©
Negombo Fish Market

3
nights
Kegalle

Kegalle ©
Kegalle is a large town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation and then stroll through Elephant Freedom Project. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Luv SL, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Jumbos.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kegalle sightseeing app.

You can drive from Negombo to Kegalle in 2 hours. In april, daily temperatures in Kegalle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Kandy.

Things to do in Kegalle

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Pinnawala
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
On the 5th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then take in the exciting artwork at Gunatilake Batiks. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy online vacation builder.

Take a bus from Kegalle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge, then get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Thangamale Bird Sanctuary.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Haputale
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ella to Yala National Park. In april, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online trip itinerary maker.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay with the Route module. In april in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then kick back and relax at Secret Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, stop by Dress Palace, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

Make your Mirissa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Mirissa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In april, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas

2
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Relax by the water at Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Protection Association. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, make a trip to Bentota Bazaar, look for gifts at Sunflower Arts and Crafts, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Bentota trip maker tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Bentota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. In april in Bentota, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ahungalla, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Mihiripenna Beach and Spas. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Dalawella Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa (about 40 minutes away).

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In april, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Dalawella Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. april in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Tissamaharama journey planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in april, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiri Vehera, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Apr 24 — 26:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Batticaloa Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Kallady Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

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

Drive from Tissamaharama to Kalkudah in 6 hours. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Find places to stay Apr 26 — 28:
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Batticaloa Lighthouse ©
Batticaloa Lighthouse

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