43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + Taxi:  15​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h
2
Tissamaharama
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Galle
— 9 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
6
Colombo
— 8 nights
Fly:  15​h
End: Copenhagen

7
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary maker.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 25:
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

6
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bundala National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Safaris and Udawalawe Trails. Explore Tissamaharama's surroundings by going to Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara), Yala National Park (in Yala National Park) and Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Tissa Wewa and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama trip planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawe Trails, Kataragama Temple, Udawalawe National Park, Kahandamodara Beach, Yala National Park
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

5
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Ella Spice Garden. Get outdoors at Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Nuwara Eliya (Franciscan Sister's Jam Room & Horton Plains National Park). There's still lots to do: learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Lipton’s Seat, Safaris, Dhowa Rock Temple
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Safaris
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak

6
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.
Head to Pethikada and sigiri art galleryfor some retail therapy. Step off the beaten path and head to Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Anuradhapura side-trips: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, &more), Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Safaris, &more) and Sigiriya (in Sigiriya). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura travel site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Anuradhapura takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Habarana
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 11:
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

9
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Narigama Beach will get you outdoors. Kids will appreciate attractions like Beruwala Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and look for gifts at Cara Jewellers.

For where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In February in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Matara, Mirissa, Kosgoda
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Negombo Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Scuba & Snorkeling. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). And it doesn't end there: stop by Barefoot, get some fabulous bargains at Noritake Factory Store, take in the spiritual surroundings of Borella All Saints Church, and kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Colombo online itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo, Panadura Beach
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 28:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling

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