47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Cagliari, Sardinia
Fly:  22 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
6
Tissamaharama
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
8
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  26 h
End: Cagliari, Sardinia

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach, Selyn, &more) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Sri Vishnu Kovil, tour in style with a train tour, and visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo online trip maker.

Cagliari, Italy to Colombo is an approximately 23.5- hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Cagliari in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Vishnu Kovil, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

6
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: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planning app.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Ramboda Waterfall, Seetha Devi Agni Pravesha Place, Devathura Falls, Bambarakanda Falls
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Bandarawela (Dhowa Rock Temple & Amba Estate), Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and push the limits with an extreme tour.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ella road trip app.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bandarawela, Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and stop by Made In Ceylon.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kegalle (Algama Falls - Sri Craft & Elephant Freedom Project), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Buddha Statue (in Giritale). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tee off at RB Tours Srilanka, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online road trip planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kegalle, Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Buddha Statue, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Get out of town with these interesting Tissamaharama side-trips: Udawalawe National Park (Udawalawe National Park & Elephant Transit Home (ETH)). Next up on the itinerary: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala birds paradise, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

Plan a trip to Tissamaharama easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In March in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
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.
Step out of Yala National Park with an excursion to Maligawila Buddha Statue in Buttala--about 2h 15 min away. Spend the 20th (Sat) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Spend the 21st (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Buduruwagala.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip builder.

Getting from Tissamaharama to Yala National Park by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Maligawila Buddha Statue
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Sath Paththini Devalaya). There's more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

5
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, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Anuradhapura vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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