44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Bhuj
Fly:  13 h
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
9
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Anuradhapura
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Bhuj

5
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 Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery (in Kaduwela) and Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs, Negombo Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, explore the activities along Diyasaru Park, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Bhuj, India to Colombo is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also drive. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Bhuj in April: highs in Colombo hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Diyasaru Park, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
Find places to stay Apr 21 — 26:
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Safaris
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy visit planning site.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Dawson Tower, Riverstone Gap, Pinnawala Jumbos, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 1:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach), Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center (in Ahungalla) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Bentota, Mirissa, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center
Find places to stay May 1 — 6:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, see Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, take in the dramatic scenery at Kolapathana Falls, and stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Devathura Falls
Find places to stay May 6 — 11:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Monastery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read our Ella trip maker site.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Dhowa Rock Temple, Diyaluma Falls, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay May 11 — 16:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Step out of Arugam Bay with an excursion to Kumana National Park in Ampara--about 1h 05 min away.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kumana National Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
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Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more). Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Yala National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park day trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 23rd (Sat), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning app.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya online itinerary builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

8
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, get outside with Eth Pokuna, steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online vacation planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay May 26 — Jun 3:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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