51 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

51 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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51 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  4​h 45​min
1
Kalpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
2
Jaffna
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Polonnaruwa
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 30​min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
8
Kalametiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
9
Galle
— 9 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
10
Kandy
— 10 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

2
nights
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Water Sports in Kalpitiya.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kalpitiya online visit planner .

Colombo to Kalpitiya is an approximately 4-hour car ride. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

5
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Explore hidden gems such as Nallur Kovil and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Museum-lovers will get to explore Jaffna Archaeological Museum and Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram. Go for a jaunt from Jaffna to Karainagar to see Kovalam Beach about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, browse the different shops at Cargills Square, browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library, and admire the striking features of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Jaffna online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Jaffna takes 6 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Isurumuniya Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Anuradhapura side-trips: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, get outside with Eth Pokuna, identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, and appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura holiday maker site .

Take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Avukana Buddha Statue, Kala Wewa Reservoir, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

7
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Do your shopping at Karu Arts & Crafts and Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre. Let the collections at Pethikada and Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Sigiriya (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Sigiriya Museum), Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, Balloon Rides, & more) and Habarana (Safaris & Fernando Adventure Safaries). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha, contemplate the long history of Medirigiriya Vatadage, and explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Habarana, Karu Arts & Crafts
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Safaris
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Fri): kick back and relax at Pasikudah Beach and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kalkudah takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

5
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nilaveli Beach and Arisimale Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Lanka Navy Museum. Step out of Trincomalee to go to Kantale and see Kantale Lake, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee day trip site .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nilaveli Beach, Kantale Lake, Girihadu Seya
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park vacation tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Trincomalee to Uda Walawe National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Lakpura LLC ©
Lakpura LLC

1
night
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Kalametiya Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kalametiya trip planner.

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Kalametiya by car takes about 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Kalametiya are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

9
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Tsunami Photo Museum and EXOTIC ROOTS will appeal to museum buffs. Relax by the water at Ahungalla Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Hikkaduwa (Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, & more), Matara (Art Batiks & Medawatta Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Kalametiya to Galle in 2.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Matara, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching

10
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.
Let the collections at World Buddhist Museum and Arankelle Ancient Monastery capture your imagination. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa), Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Pinnawala Jumbos). Make the 24th (Sun) an awe-inspiring day at Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

Plan my day in Kandy using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Kegalle, Scuba & Snorkeling, Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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