60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

8
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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Negombo Beach, &more), Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and see the interesting displays at Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colombo online trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. October in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Bentota, Katukurunda Beach
Find places to stay Oct 2 — 10:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

9
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: Balapitiya (Kowilawatta Temple & Madugnga Lake), Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip planning tool.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Balapitiya, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 19:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

9
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: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Matale (Riverstone Gap, Knuckles Mountain Range, &more). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the awesome beauty at Alagalla Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Ridi Viharaya, and explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kandy sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Rathna Ella waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 28:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

8
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.
When in Anuradhapura, make a side trip to see Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa, approximately Yapahuwa away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 5:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To plan Sigiriya vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Udawalawe National Park: Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa), Maduwanwela Walawwa (in Suriyakanda) and Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. November in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Maduwanwela Walawwa, Sampath Gems
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Buttala (Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa & Maligawila Buddha Statue), Tissamaharama (Bundala birds paradise & Photography Tours) and Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ella online travel route planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badulla, Buttala, Tissamaharama, Haputale
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
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: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay day trip tool.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

9
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, Kirigalpoththa Hike, &more), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Kirindi Ella, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip website.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Aberdeen Falls, Ramboda Waterfall, Kirindi Ella, Divurumpola
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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