58 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

58 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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58 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Yala National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Kandy
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
9
Galle
— 8 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
10
Colombo
— 9 nights
End: Colombo

7
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 find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, hike along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip site.

Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 2- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Devathura Falls, Aberdeen Falls, Kirindi Ella
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Diyaluma Falls, Dhowa Rock Temple, Safaris, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay day trip planning site.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park tour planning website.

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. April in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Bundala National Park, Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

3
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.
Step out of Udawalawe National Park to go to Ratnapura and see Sampath Gems, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, stroll around Visit Udawalawe National Park, and stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anuradhapura: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Polonnaruwa (Medirigiriya Vatadage & Lankathilaka Image House). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura online holiday planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Avukana Buddha Statue
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa), Kegalle (Pinnawala Jumbos & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Dawson Tower
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

8
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary maker app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Galle are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), Kalutara (Holy Cross Church Kalutara & Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary builder.

You can take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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