54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Rishikesh
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
2
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia
— 1 day
Drive:  8​h
3
Jaffna
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
11
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
12
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
13
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
14
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
15
Peradeniya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
16
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Bangkok

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque as well as Colombo Walks. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Vogue Jewellers. There's much more to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colombo online route planner .

Rishikesh, India to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. In July in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to drive to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
River Rafting & Tubing

1
day
Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll around Urban Wetland Park, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, then appreciate the history behind Murugan Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Anjaneyar Temple.

For reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia online visit planner .

Drive from Colombo to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia in an hour. In July in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Murugan Temple, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Urban Wetland Park
Highlights from your plan
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
Urban Wetland Park ©
Urban Wetland Park
Sri Anjaneyar Temple ©
Sri Anjaneyar Temple

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nallur Kovil and Casuarina Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kovalam Beach (in Karainagar) and Killinochchi War Memorial Monument (in Kilinochchi). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Nilavarai Bottomless Well, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, and admire the striking features of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip planner.

Drive from Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia to Jaffna in 8.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kovalam Beach, Killinochchi War Memorial Monument
Highlights from your plan
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple ©
Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond and Eth Pokuna. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Isinbassagala, appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
Highlights from your plan
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Euphoria Spice and Herbal and Mahiyangana Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Sorabora Lake (in Mahiyangana), Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Matale (Aakarsha Gem House & Highland Spice Garden). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kala Wewa Reservoir, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, savor the flavors at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Ederagala Wana Senasuna.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matale, Sorabora Lake, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Mahiyangana Temple, Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom
Highlights from your plan
Ederagala Wana Senasuna ©
Ederagala Wana Senasuna
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Kala Wewa Reservoir ©
Kala Wewa Reservoir

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park and Kaudulla National Park. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Trincomalee War Cemetery and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Trincomalee (Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple & Fort Frederick) and Polonnaruwa (Kumara Pokuna, Sandakada Pahana, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip planning app .

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Habarana, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Kandy Lake as well as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Freedom Project and Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Matale (Knuckles Mountain Range & Sembuwaththa Lake). There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Hindagala Temple, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Lankatilaka Temple ©
Lankatilaka Temple

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bambarakanda Falls and Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya), Warleigh Church (in Dickoya) and Castlereagh Reservoir (in Hatton). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Baker's Falls, admire the engineering at Kotmale Dam, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

To find where to stay, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kotmale Dam, Bambarakanda Falls, Devil's Staircase, Baker's Falls, Warleigh Church
Highlights from your plan
Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Bomburuella Waterfall ©
Bomburuella Waterfall

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Honey Bee Garden and Diyaluma Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Haputale (St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham & Dambatenne Tea Factory) and Badulla (Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, Dunhinda Falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, hike along Nature Trail Ella, and Head underground at Ravana's Cave.

For maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Ella route planning tool .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Haputale, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Dunhinda Falls ©
Dunhinda Falls

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kumana National Park and Magul Maha Viharaya.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Arugam Bay online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ampara
Highlights from your plan
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

3
nights
Yala National Park

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maligawila Buddha Statue. Venture out of the city with trips to Kumana National Park (in Hambantota), Tissamaharama (Bundala birds paradise & Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara) and Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue.

For where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip planning app .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. August in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Buttala, Kumana National Park, Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Maligawila Buddha Statue ©
Maligawila Buddha Statue
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Snake Farm, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, stroll through Matara Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Dondra Head Lighthouse.

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

Traveling by bus from Yala National Park to Mirissa takes 5.5 hours. August in Mirissa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle, Blow Hole Hummanaya, Nandana Tea Factory, Dondra Head Lighthouse
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Spas & Wellness
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Japanese Peace Pagoda and Mihiripenna Beach. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Koggala Lake (in Koggala) and Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve (in Koralegama).

To see traveler tips and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna driving holiday planner .

Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Mirissa. August in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ahangama, Koggala, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Kanneliya Rain Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, tour in harmony with nature at Eco Tours, then stop by Cara Jewellers, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip itinerary maker site .

Galle is just a short distance from Unawatuna. In August in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Peradeniya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Sea Turtle Hatchery, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Tsunami Photo Museum, Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Kayaking & Canoeing
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

2
nights
Peradeniya

Peradeniya ©
A suburb of Kandy, Peradeniya draws more than 2 million visitors annually to its royal botanical gardens.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Royal Botanical Gardens. Step off the beaten path and head to Sudugala Falls and Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex. Get out of town with these interesting Peradeniya side-trips: Deduru Oya Reservoir (in Kurunegala), Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden (in Hingula) and Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, steep yourself in history at Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya, enjoy breathtaking views from Dawson Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Embekke Devalaya.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Peradeniya trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Peradeniya in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August, daytime highs in Peradeniya are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Peradeniya

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Handessa, Nelligala International Buddhist Center, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya, Sudugala Falls, Deduru Oya Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Sudugala Falls ©
Sudugala Falls
Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture ©

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You've now added Dambulla Cave Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, explore the striking landscape of Fernando Adventure Safaries, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, then go for a walk through Medirigiriya Vatadage, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Hetadage, make a trip to Thuparama, steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, don't miss a visit to Sandakada Pahana, then contemplate the long history of Gal Potha, and finally steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House.

To see where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Habarana trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Peradeniya to Habarana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
Highlights from your plan
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha

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