42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pinnawala
— 6 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Kegalle
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Dambulla
— 5 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Sigiriya
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Nilaveli
— 8 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Bengaluru

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Warleigh Church. Do some cultural sightseeing at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple and Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Devon Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, and explore the striking landscape at Single Tree Hill.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planning tool .

Bengaluru, India to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

R. M. S Antique And Brassware, Warleigh Church
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy route planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

6
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Selyn and Panduwasnuwara Kingdom. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Railway Museum and Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala. Get out of town with these interesting Pinnawala side-trips: Pinnawala Zoo (in Rambukkana), Kurunegala (Ridi Viharaya, World's tallest granite Samadhi Buddha statue in Kurunegala, & more) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). There's more to do: identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and contemplate the long history of Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pinnawala trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 29°C. On the 12th (Thu), you'll travel to Kegalle.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kurunegala, Kadugannawa, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya, Pinnawala Zoo
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
National Railway Museum ©
National Railway Museum
Ethagala ©
Ethagala

3
nights
Kegalle

Kegalle ©
Kegalle is a large town in Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Jumbos and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project. On the 14th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Millennium Elephant Foundation, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, and finally admire the natural beauty at Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kegalle visit site .

Kegalle is just a stone's throw from Pinnawala. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in September, and nighttime lows around 29°C. On the 15th (Sun), you'll travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kegalle

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polgahawela, Susantha Spice and Herbal Garden
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos

5
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.
Head to Lakruka and Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centrefor some retail therapy. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Arankelle Ancient Monastery. Venture out of the city with trips to Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Reswehera Rajamaha Vihara (in Buluewa) and Yapahuwa (Yapahuwa Rock Fortress & Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom). There's still lots to do: stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, gain insight at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, and explore the activities along Kala Wewa Reservoir.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla day trip website .

Drive from Kegalle to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Matale, Yapahuwa, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Hatthikuchchi Viharaya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

7
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.
Shop till you drop at Karu Arts & Crafts and Oakray Woodcarvings. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (Medirigiriya Vatadage, Thuparama, & more), Habarana (Habarana Lake & Kaudulla National Park) and Anuradhapura (Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond & Mihintale). There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip website .

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Anuradhapura, Karu Arts & Crafts, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 27:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach, then delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee tour builder tool .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Tours
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

8
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nilaveli Beach and Kokkilai Sanctuary. Spend the 1st (Tue) exploring nature at Pigeon Island National Park. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nilaveli trip itinerary maker .

Nilaveli is just a short distance from Trincomalee. On the 7th (Mon), you're off toColombo.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kokkilai Sanctuary, Girihadu Seya
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kokkilai Sanctuary ©
Kokkilai Sanctuary

4
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.
Head to Lakarcade and Ganeshism Studio Galleryfor plenty of shopping. Get a sense of the local culture at Kalutara Bodhiya and St Anthony's Shrine. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala), Wadduwa Beach (in Wadduwa) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, stroll through Katukurunda Beach, and view the masterpieces at National Art Gallery.

Plan a trip to Colombo easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nilaveli to Colombo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In October in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. On the 11th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo Beach, Beruwala Beach, Wadduwa Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

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