60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Colombo
— 8 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 9 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 9 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 8 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi to Kandy, Fly to Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 7 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 9 nights
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo

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Colombo

— 8 nights
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 Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Negombo Beach, &more). 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 savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, 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 go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 2 — 10:

Galle

— 9 nights
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 (Narigama Beach, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, &more), Balapitiya (Kowilawatta Temple & Madugnga Lake) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

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Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to fly to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 10 — 19:

Kandy

— 9 nights
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), Matale (Riverstone Gap, Knuckles Mountain Range, &more) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 28:

Anuradhapura

— 8 nights
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.
Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Yapahuwa and see Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: stroll through Wilpattu National Park, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura vacation builder tool.

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

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 5:

Sigiriya

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

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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 · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:

Udawalawe National Park

— 3 nights
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: Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura), Maduwanwela Walawwa (in Suriyakanda) and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. November in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

Ella

— 7 nights
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). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Ella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 18:

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the activities along Arugam Bay, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay day trip tool.

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

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:

Nuwara Eliya

— 9 nights

Little England

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: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Kirigalpoththa Hike, &more) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, 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 · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 21 — 30:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.