Our ultimate 1 month Sri Lanka itinerary

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Last summer we spent 1 full month in Sri Lanka. We travelled all over the country from Negombo to the southern beaches, over Yala National park to Ella, through the hill country to Kandy and further to Sigiriya, then all the way up to Jaffna and from there over the east coast down to Arugam bay to finnish the adventure at the beach. Here is a day to day itinerary with the activities we did.

1st day arrive

2nd day explore Negombo, in the afternoon take a bus to Colombo, change buses and drive to Galle

3rd day explore Galle

4th day chill at Unawatuna, go for sunset to the Japanese peace pagoda

5th day explore the coast around – drive to see the stilt fisherman, taste some amazing white tea at Handunugoda tea estate and swing on Dalawella beach

6th day move to Mirissa and enjoy the beach, enjoy the afternnon from the island in the bay

7th day try surfing Welligama in the morning when the waves are steady, in the afternoon chill at Secret beach

8th day move to Tangalle and enjoy the afternoon at the beach

10th day rent a bike and explore the suroundigs – the blowhole, Hiriketiya beach

11th day move to Tissamaharama and go on an afternoon safari in Yala National park

12th day move to Ella, walk to the 9 arch bridge and have some amazing food

13th day rent a bike and go exploring – tea estates and waterfalls

14th day move to Nuwara Eliya and indulge in more tea

15th day move to Kandy and explore the city

16th day move to Sigiriya and arrange an afternoon safari at Kaudulla National park; marvel at Sigiriya rock from Pidurangala rock at sunset

17th day rent a bike and explore again – drive to Polonaruwa and get templed out

18th day visit Badulla cave temple and the golden temple, if you are willing to pay for the entrance fee at Sigiriya rock, go there first thing in the morning

19th day take the long drive to Jaffna and explore the market and port area

20th day rent a bike again and drive to the islands and to the Keerimalai pool

21st day take another long bus journey to Trincomale, spend the afternoon chilling at the Upuvelli beach

22nd  day time to explore the beaches – swim at Marbel beach in the morning, in the afternoon move to the famous Nilaveli beach

23rd day move to Batticaloa and take a look around (just to split the long journey on the way to Arugam bay or if you are hard core – change buses and drive all the way)

24th day arrive at Arugam (or be already here) and go surfing, enjoy the evening at the main point watching the pros

25th day enjoy the waves and the cool vibes

26th day enjoy the waves and the cool vibes

27th take a direct minivan to Colombo and do some shopping in the afternoon or go for a Ayurveda treatment

28th say goodbye to Sri Lanka and have a save flight home

sri lanka itinerary map

We travelled by public buses, we never bought tickets in advance. Just for the train from Ella to Kandy (or Ella to Nanu Oya (the station if you want to go to Nuwara Elya)) we bought tickets 2 days in advance. We didn’t travel by minivan from Arugam bay to Colombo, as we returned to Ella, but saw this option and thought we have to remember it for the next time.

You may like:
Negombo in one day
Jaffna – the far north of Sri Lanka
Galle and around
Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle
Nuwara Elya or Little England of Ceylon
The world famous Ceylon tea
From Nuwara Elya to Sigiriya by bus

I hope this helps you with your planning. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Oh, and welcome to watch our vlogs from Sri Lanka  😉 Here’s our last day on Colombo & our tips on travelling Sri Lanka ❤


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