41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 30 min
1
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 5 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
5
Bentota
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 45 min
9
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Sydney

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Dambulla: Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura), Matale (Highland Spice Garden, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, steep yourself in history at Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, and indulge your taste buds at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla attractions tool.

Sydney, Australia to Dambulla is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Matale, Dambulla Cave Temple, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Avukana Buddha Statue
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana), Trincomalee (Velgam Vehera & Koneswaram Temple) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Gal Vihara, &more). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and look for gifts at Lanka Silks.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online itinerary planner.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Kaudulla National Park, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

4
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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura tour itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy online trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Change things up with these side-trips from Bentota: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara), Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya (in Karandeniya) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Bentota by combination of train and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In October in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Hikkaduwa, Kosgoda, Balapitiya, Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 1:
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Madugnga Lake ©
Madugnga Lake

4
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Bentota to Unawatuna by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In November in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

4
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 out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat) and Bundala birds paradise (in Tissamaharama). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Bundala birds paradise
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

5
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, categoryPhrases.phrase.deepen_your_understanding_of_the_past_and_present_with Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya travel planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

6
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), Negombo (Safaris, Negombo Beach, &more) and Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery (in Kaduwela). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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