60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 9 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 8 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 9 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Yala National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
9
Sigiriya
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  13​h
End: Melbourne

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: Murugan Temple (in Chilaw), Ragama (Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka & MACK Travel Sri Lanka) and Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Sea Turtle Protection Association). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from Melbourne to Colombo, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect nights in Colombo to be much warmer, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo, Ragama, Sri Vishnu Kovil, Murugan Temple
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa (in Polgahawela). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Dawson Tower, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bambaragala Viharaya
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

9
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, & more), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Jungle Beach, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner .

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, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Tangalle, Mirissa, Medawatta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

8
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Kirigalpotta), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls, trek along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online road trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

7
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 Bandarawela (Dhowa Rock Temple & Amba Estate), Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Bandarawela, Haputale, Diyaluma Falls, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planning app .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yala National Park: Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours, Safaris, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In May in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Off-Road Tours

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Uda Walawe National Park: Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura), Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa) and Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Uda Walawe National Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

Plan trip to Uda Walawe National Park with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Uda Walawe National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale), Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Balloon Rides) and Anuradhapura (Mihintale & Ruwanwelisaya). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, and appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Anuradhapura, Trincomalee, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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