31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
2
Mirissa
— 5 nights
3
Kandy
— 6 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
6
Nilaveli
— 3 nights
7
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ahungalla Beach and Dutch Reformed Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Beruwala Beach and Jungle Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Galle Fort (in Galle), Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, stroll through Kosgoda Turtle Care, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online sightseeing planner.

Istanbul, Turkey to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Turkey Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 2.5 hour difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Istanbul in September: high temperatures in Hikkaduwa hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Beruwala Beach, Kosgoda Turtle Care
Find places to stay Sep 16 — 21:
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

5
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Turtle Point. Popular historic sites such as Tangalle Lighthouse and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (in Galle) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, catch a ride with Walkers Evolution, and stroll through Medawatta Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 26:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

6
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Freedom Project and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Museum-lovers will get to explore Ceylon Tea Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary maker site.

You can fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
Find places to stay Sep 26 — Oct 2:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
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 3rd (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. On the next day, stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawa National Park Safari.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 4:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawa National Park Safari ©
Udawalawa National Park Safari

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sigiriya and Dambulla Cave Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Pethikada. Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 7:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
You'll explore and learn at Hoods Tower Museum and Orr's Hill Army Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Nilaveli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. When in Nilaveli, make a side trip to see Koneswaram Temple in Trincomalee, approximately Trincomalee away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli visit website.

Getting from Sigiriya to Nilaveli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Find places to stay Oct 7 — 10:
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Isurumuniya Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and Ranmasu Uyana. There's lots more to do: appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura travel planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 16:
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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