34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
7
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
9
Ella
— 5 nights

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo (about 52 minutes away). Spend the 8th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Urban Island, walk around Galle Face Green, and browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

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Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. While traveling from Chennai, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 38°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna travel route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. May in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Spas & Wellness

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary planning tool.

Fly from Unawatuna to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Buddha Statue, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip website.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 25th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Sigiriya to Yala National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Kumana National Park in Ampara (about 1h 5 min away).

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay tour builder.

Drive from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kumana National Park
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Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa (about 56 minutes away). The adventure continues: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, and stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ella road trip planning site.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. On the 6th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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