41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  15​h 30​min
1
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 5 nights
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
5
Bentota
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
7
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sydney


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3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Matale (Highland Spice Garden, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, & more). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, browse the fresh offerings at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, and delve into the distant past at Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Dambulla is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matale, Avukana Buddha Statue, Dambulla Cave Temple, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Avukana Buddha Statue ©
Avukana Buddha Statue
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Hetadage, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, & more), Trincomalee (Velgam Vehera & Koneswaram Temple) and Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, stop by Lanka Silks, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya tour itinerary planning website .

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Kaudulla National Park, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

4
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, museums, spas, and outdoors. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mihintale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura day trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip builder .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Mountain Range, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara), Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya (in Karandeniya) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Madugnga Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in October, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Kosgoda, Kalutara, Hikkaduwa, Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa).

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna attractions website .

Drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

4
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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat) and Bundala birds paradise (in Tissamaharama). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, explore the world behind art at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary builder app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Ella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Bundala birds paradise
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

5
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, and admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planning site .

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Ramboda Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

6
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) (in Ragama), Negombo (Safaris, Negombo Beach, & more) and Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery (in Kaduwela). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo trip tool .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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