36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bhubaneswar
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h
7
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Bhubaneswar

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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella). On the 8th (Mon), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and steep yourself in history at Temple of the Tooth.

To see ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip tool .

Bhubaneswar, India to Kandy is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, 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 Lake ©
Kandy Lake

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama), Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya) and Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch (in Rekawa). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, kick back and relax at Polhena Beach, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. July in Mirissa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Polhena Beach, Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Spas

5
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.
Galle Fort and Genuine Batik are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Dutch Reformed Church (in Galle) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa vacation maker .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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 a sense of the local culture at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Sita Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya (in Badulla) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Kande-ela Reservoir, & more). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Ella tour itinerary builder .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay travel planning tool .

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

4
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.
Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Yala National Park's surroundings by going to Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Safaris & Bundala birds paradise). Spend the 26th (Fri) exploring nature at Yala National Park.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park online journey planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. July in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

5
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Yala National Park to Anuradhapura by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Ancient City of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla), Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Gal Vihara (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 5th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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