31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour builder
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly
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Hikkaduwa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 6 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly to Kandy, Taxi to Kandy
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Kandy
— 6 nights
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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.
Visiting Safaris and Dhilip De Alwis will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sigiriya Fortress and Pethikada. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and stroll through Hurulu Eco Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online trip builder.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sigiriya is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Dubai to Sigiriya is 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can fly to Hikkaduwa.
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Hikkaduwa — 6 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.
Do your shopping at Tsunami Photo Museum and Made In Ceylon. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Spas (in Unawatuna), River Rafting & Tubing (in Kalutara) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Mirissa.
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Mirissa — 7 nights

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Indika Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Mirissa Beach and Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Dondra Head Lighthouse (in Dondra) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Viharahena). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Silent Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Point.

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

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.
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Ella — 6 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.
Get outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and have fun at Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Ella online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. May in Ella sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.
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Udawalawe National Park — 2 nights

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park vacation planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.
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Kandy — 6 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Brasswear Village. Appreciate the collections at Ceylon Tea Museum and Raja Museum. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kandy journey builder website.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can fly back 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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