56 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

56 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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56 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + Taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h
2
Bentota
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 30​min
3
Colombo
— 9 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
5
Galle
— 13 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
7
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

9
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Sri Vijayarama Viharaya. Escape the urban bustle at Hikkaduwa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, look for gifts at Tea Zone, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and enjoy the sand and surf at Akurala Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa journey maker app .

Bengaluru, India to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Bengaluru in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Hikkaduwa: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. You will leave for Bentota on the 2nd (Thu).

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Southern Province, Tsunami Photo Museum, Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya, Akurala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and finally stop by Leather.lk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalutara Bodhiya.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip maker .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Bentota in an hour. In January in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalutara, Leather.lk, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

9
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Negombo Beach and Safaris. Head to Ganeshism Studio Gallery and Arcade Independence Squarefor plenty of shopping. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (Sri Lanka Air Force Museum & Our Turtle Conservation Project), Negombo (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Muthurajawela Marsh) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Barefoot, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Colombo online trip builder .

Traveling by train from Bentota to Colombo takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Panadura Beach, National Telecommunication Museum, Beddegana Wetland Park
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 15th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna travel planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. On the 17th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

13
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and EXOTIC ROOTS. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kayaking & Canoeing. Change things up with a short trip to Ethamala Ella Waterfall in Morawaka (about 1h 10 min away). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Lihiniya Gems, engage your brain at Maritime Archeology Museum, and get engrossed in the history at Historical Mansion Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galle tour planning app .

Galle is very close to Unawatuna. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ethamala Ella Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Udawalawe National Park and Safaris. We've included these beaches for you: Kalametiya Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura), Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota) and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madunagala Hermitage, and admire the sheer force of Kirindi Ella.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Madunagala Hermitage, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Kalametiya Beach, Kirindi Ella
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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.
Visiting Little Adam's Peak and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale will get you outdoors. Shop till you drop at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Ella Gem & Jewelry. Venture out of the city with trips to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Tissamaharama), Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa (in Buttala). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat

4
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum and Sita Temple. Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Pussellawa and see Ramboda Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Xavier's Church, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Nuwara Eliya using our trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, Ramboda Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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