30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 4 nights
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Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
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Mirissa
— 4 nights
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Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive
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Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Colombo

— 4 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Attractions like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Galle Face Green make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo), Waikkal (Pio Ayurveda Center & See Lanka Travels) and Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara). Spend the 14th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, stop by Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo online tour itinerary planner.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In February, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa

— 5 nights
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.
Kids will enjoy Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, &more), Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & Galle Fort) and Bentota (Samadi Meditation Ashramaya & Sea Turtle Protection Association). It doesn't end there: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Hikkaduwa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Colombo to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa

— 4 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mirissa Beach and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya), Talalla Beach (in Talalla) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), stroll through Mawella Bird Sanctuary Bird Watching, and make a trip to Parrot Rock Bridge.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mirissa trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella

— 3 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Step out of Ella with an excursion to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale--about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, look for gifts at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ella tour planning website.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Classes

Side Trip

Kandy

— 4 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Habarana

— 3 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa, &more). Spend the 6th (Sat) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. It doesn't end there: stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Habarana holiday planning app.

Drive from Kandy to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
Sigiriya is known for historic sites, museums, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Habarana. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Outdoors
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Dambulla

— 3 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Matale (Aakarsha Gem House, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more), Ruwanwelisaya (in Anuradhapura) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip planning tool.

Dambulla is just a short distance from Sigiriya. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.