29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Fly to Hatton, Taxi to Nuwara Eliya
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Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 5 nights
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Hikkaduwa — 4 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle (Cara Jewellers & Galle Fort), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa travel planning app.

Manchester, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Manchester to Hikkaduwa, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in July, expect nights in Hikkaduwa to be much warmer, around 31°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 3 nights

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Take a break from Nuwara Eliya with a short trip to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya day trip planning tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Nuwara Eliya in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Ella.
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Ella — 4 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Jaye Wannakumudiyanselage top tour sri lanka (in Bandarawela) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and push the limits with Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella.

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Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 4 nights

Spend the 6th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay road trip planning app.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.
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Nilaveli — 2 nights

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Nilaveli takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 4 nights

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, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura route planner.

Getting from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.
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Dambulla — 2 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): appreciate the history behind Avukana Buddha Statue and then admire all the interesting features of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, and finally browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla sightseeing app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 5 nights

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 Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. On the 22nd (Mon), you're off to home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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