31 days in Sri Lanka & Australia Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka & Australia Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka & Australia Itinerary

Start: Nassau, Bahamas
Fly:  21 h 15 min
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  14 h 30 min
6
Perth, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
7
Cairns, Australia
— 4 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  5 h 15 min
8
Brisbane, Australia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4 h 15 min
9
Melbourne, Australia
— 4 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
10
Sydney, Australia
— 6 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Nassau, Bahamas

1
night
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then walk around Galle Face Green.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planning website.

Nassau, Bahamas to Colombo is an approximately 21.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Nassau to Colombo is 10 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 4th (Sat), browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planner.

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Kosgoda) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galle online vacation planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery, Nandana Tea Factory, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Lak Gems & Jewellery ©
Lak Gems & Jewellery

2
nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sat): admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, and then don't miss a visit to Mihintale.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura road trip site.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Perth.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

2
nights
Perth, Australia

Perth ©
A modern metropolis of glassy skyscrapers, waterside boulevards, and lush residential neighborhoods, Perth sits on the edge of the Swan Coastal Plain.
Step out of Perth with an excursion to Fremantle Prison in Fremantle--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, contemplate the waterfront views at Swan River, enjoy some diversion at The Nostalgia Box Museum, and pause for some photo ops at State War Memorial.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Perth trip itinerary site.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Perth in 14.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time to Australian Western Standard Time, which is usually a 2 hour difference. July in Perth sees daily highs of 21°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Perth

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Fremantle Prison
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Kings Park and Botanic Garden ©
Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fremantle Prison ©
Fremantle Prison
Swan River ©
Swan River

4
nights
Cairns, Australia

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cairns: Port Douglas (Safaris, Port Douglas Court House Museum, &more) and Hartley's Crocodile Adventures (in Palm Cove). Spend the 15th (Wed) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Esplanade Boardwalk, make a trip to Captain Cook Highway Rock Stacks, stop by Annie's at the Beach, and admire the natural beauty at Botanical Gardens.

Plan trip to Cairns with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Perth to Cairns takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Cairns is 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Perth in July; daily highs in Cairns reach 30°C and lows reach 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Brisbane.

Things to do in Cairns

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Port Douglas, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Annie's at the Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Safaris
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas ©
Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas

2
nights
Brisbane, Australia

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): walk around South Bank Parklands and then take in nature's colorful creations at Roma Street Parkland. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at The Brisbane River, look for all kinds of wild species at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and then take in nature's colorful creations at City Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Brisbane online trip builder.

Getting from Cairns to Brisbane by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, Brisbane is slightly colder than Cairns - with highs of 24°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Melbourne.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Wildlife Nature
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Roma Street Parkland ©
Roma Street Parkland

4
nights
Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne ©
The state of Victoria crown jewel, Melbourne boasts shaded streets, leafy residential neighborhoods, vibrant street life, and a picturesque city center.
Melbourne is known for museums, shopping, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Gardens, explore the world behind art at National Gallery of Victoria, get your game on at Zero Latency, and meet the residents at Melbourne Zoo.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Melbourne tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by flight from Brisbane to Melbourne takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from Brisbane in July, expect Melbourne to be little chillier, temps between 15°C and 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Melbourne

Museums Parks Zoos & Aquariums
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Zero Latency ©
Zero Latency
Royal Botanic Gardens ©
Royal Botanic Gardens
Melbourne Museum ©
Melbourne Museum

6
nights
Sydney, Australia

Sydney ©
Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Sydney is known for nightlife, shopping, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Sydney Opera House, wander the streets of Darling Harbour, trek along Bondi to Coogee Walk, and take in the views from Sydney Harbour Bridge.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Sydney trip builder.

You can fly from Melbourne to Sydney in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. When traveling from Melbourne in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Sydney: temperatures range from 21°C by day to 9°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Sydney

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Bondi to Coogee Walk
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Sydney Opera House ©
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Harbour Bridge ©
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney ©
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

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