33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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33 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
8
Sigiriya
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

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.
Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Galle Fort (in Galle), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling, Jungle Beach, & more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and stroll through Narigama Beach.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa sightseeing site .

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In April in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Galle Fort, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Apr 19 — 23:
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Kalametiya (Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching & Kalametiya Beach), Matara Beach (in Matara) and Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Star Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip planner.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. April in Mirissa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Kalametiya, Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 27:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Spas

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle), Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). On the 1st (Wed), spend a fun day on foot with Walking tours. There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, and stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Millennium Elephant Foundation, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Glenloch Tea Factory, Bambaragala Viharaya, Bluefield Tea Gardens
Find places to stay Apr 27 — May 4:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Spas & Wellness

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Yala National Park side-trips: Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama) and Tissamaharama (Safaris & Bundala birds paradise). Spend the 5th (Sun) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary site .

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Yala National Park
Find places to stay May 4 — 7:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally make a trip to Muhudu Maha Viharaya. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online trip itinerary maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Nature Parks
Find places to stay May 7 — 9:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir, Horton Plains National Park, & more) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Ella online trip builder .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay May 9 — 15:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari.

Start your trip to Uda Walawe National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay May 15 — 17:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

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 out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Safaris (in Habarana) and Dambulla (Balloon Rides, Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium, & more). Spend the 21st (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: make a trip to Ancient City of Sigiriya and identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya road trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Dambulla, Habarana
Find places to stay May 17 — 21:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Safaris

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