43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

43 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 7 nights
2
Tissamaharama
— 6 nights
3
Ella
— 5 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
5
Galle
— 9 nights
6
Colombo
— 8 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Jayamali Batiks Studio. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Copenhagen to Kandy, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. 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, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison 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 discover tucked-away gems like Bundala National Park and Tissa Wewa. Kids will enjoy Udawalawe Trails and Safaris. Explore Tissamaharama's surroundings by going to Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park), Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara) and Yala National Park (in Yala National Park). It doesn't end there: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama day trip site.

Fly from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

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

5
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.
Head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Franciscan Sister's Jam Roomfor some retail therapy. Explore hidden gems such as Lipton’s Seat and Safaris. When in Ella, make a side trip to see Horton Plains National Park in Nuwara Eliya, approximately Nuwara Eliya away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip app.

You can 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, Safaris, Lipton’s Seat
Find places to stay Jan 31 — Feb 5:
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Safaris
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruwanwelisaya and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Do your shopping at Pethikada and Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Sigiriya (Sigiriya & sigiri art gallery), Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Safaris, &more) and Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's much more to do: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura holiday maker app.

You can drive from Ella to Anuradhapura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Dambulla
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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.
Relax by the water at Beruwala Beach and Narigama Beach. Get some cultural insight at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Community Tsunami Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa (Scuba & Snorkeling & Hikkaduwa Beach) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Snake Farm.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Galle trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. February in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Kosgoda, Mirissa, Matara
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 20:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Bentota Beach and Panadura Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Negombo (Scuba & Snorkeling & Negombo Beach). There's much more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get some fabulous bargains at Noritake Factory Store, look for gifts at Barefoot, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo attractions planning tool.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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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