60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

7
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: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary maker website .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Galle is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Dubai to Galle due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in May, expect nights in Galle to be about the same, around 30°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 38°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Kowilawatta Temple, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

8
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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Murugan Temple (in Chilaw), Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Protection Association, & more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour planner.

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. May in Colombo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Sri Vishnu Kovil, Murugan Temple, Negombo Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Kirindi Ella (in Pelmadulla), Aberdeen Falls (in Ginigathena) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, trek along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and admire the sheer force of Bomburuella Waterfall.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planning app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda), Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip planning site .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple, Diyaluma Falls, Bogoda Wooden Bridge, 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, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay travel route planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time 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
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yala National Park: Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours, Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, & more), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

Plan a Yala National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. June in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kiri Vehera, Bundala National Park
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Udawalawe National Park: Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura) and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, stroll through Udawalawe Trails, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park with the Route module. In June in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see Off-Road Tours, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel planning tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya (in Mannar) and Yapahuwa Rock Fortress (in Yapahuwa). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

Plan a Anuradhapura trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa Vatadage), Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online road trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Koneswaram Temple, Avukana Buddha Statue
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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