60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly + Drive:  21 h
1
Ahungalla
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Galle
— 9 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 9 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Jaffna
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
9
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Kataragama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
11
Hambantota
— 5 nights
Fly:  22 h 30 min
End: Johannesburg

1
day
Ahungalla

Ahungalla ©
On the 16th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Madugnga Lake, identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then identify plant and animal life at KOSGODA Turtle Conservation and Research Centre, and finally stroll through Ahungalla Beach.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Ahungalla trip itinerary planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Ahungalla is an approximately 21-hour flight. Traveling from Johannesburg to Ahungalla, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Johannesburg in January: high temperatures in Ahungalla hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ahungalla

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Balapitiya
Highlights from your plan

9
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get outdoors at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota), Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, & more). And it doesn't end there: stop by Cara Jewellers, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the galleries of EXOTIC ROOTS, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galle travel route planner .

Drive from Ahungalla to Galle in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Matara, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

9
nights
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Elephant Freedom Project. Head to Jayamali Batiks Studio and Sriya & Daya Curio Shopfor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple (in Nuwara Eliya), Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy route maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Kegalle, Ramboda Waterfall, Scuba & Snorkeling, Nelligala International Buddhist Center
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

7
nights
Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Medirigiriya Vatadage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Maduru Oya National Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Habarana (Safaris & Fernando Adventure Safaries), Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula) and Dambulla (Balloon Rides, Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, & more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, make a trip to Dalada Maluwa, steep yourself in history at Atadage, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha.

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Getting from Kandy to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts, Maduru Oya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dhilip De Alwis and Kala Wewa Reservoir. Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Anuradhapura: Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura holiday planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Kala Wewa Reservoir, Avukana Buddha Statue, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

6
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.
For shopping fun, head to Cargills Square or Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram. Get some cultural insight at Nallur Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara. Go for a jaunt from Jaffna to Karainagar to see Kovalam Beach about 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach.

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Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

5
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Explore hidden gems such as Koneswaram Temple and Velgam Vehera. You'll get in some beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Arisimale Beach. Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Kantale Lake in Kantale, about 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, and brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee day trip planner .

Drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Girihadu Seya, Kantale Lake, Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): choose your vessel at Sail Lanka Charter and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Batticaloa Fort, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park, and finally kick back and relax at Pasikudah Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip website .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort

6
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya. Explore hidden gems such as Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail and Franciscan Sister's Jam Room. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Ohiya (Baker's Falls, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, & more), St Mark’s Church (in Badulla) and Nuwara Eliya (Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya & Kande-ela Reservoir). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, stroll through Nature Trail Ella, and experience rural life at Amba Estate.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ella attractions planner .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ohiya, Badulla, Baker's Falls, Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Baker's Falls ©
Baker's Falls
St Mark’s Church ©
St Mark’s Church

1
night
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 9th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Kataragama journey planner .

Getting from Ella to Kataragama by car takes about 2 hours. March in Kataragama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Kataragama

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tissamaharama
Highlights from your plan
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

5
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Explore hidden gems such as Bundala National Park and Walawe River Safari. Visiting Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Kahandamodara Beach will get you outdoors. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Kumana National Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, take in nature's colorful creations at Dry Zone Botanical Garden, explore the striking landscape of Ussangoda National Park, and witness a stunning natural landmark at Mahapelessa Hot Springs.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Hambantota visit planner .

You can drive from Kataragama to Hambantota in an hour. In March in Hambantota, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Bundala National Park, Ussangoda National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park

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