44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly:  7 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

6
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.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Safaris. You'll explore and learn at Colombo National Museum and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya (in Boralesgamuwa), Negombo (Negombo Beach & St. Anne's Church) and National Telecommunication Museum (in Padukka). There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, admire the masterpieces at Saskia Fernando Gallery, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colombo itinerary planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Colombo is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train, shuttle, and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, National Telecommunication Museum
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 26:
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

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.
Let the collections at Arankelle Ancient Monastery and Ceylon Tea Museum capture your imagination. Popular historic sites such as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Panduwasnuwara Kingdom (in Kurunegala), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Matale (Euphoria Spice and Herbal & Aakarsha Gem House). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Matale, Panduwasnuwara Kingdom, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
Find places to stay Dec 26 — Jan 2:
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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
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching. Visit Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Art Batiks, and visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Nandana Tea Factory, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 6:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get outdoors at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Jungle Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Sri Vijayarama Viharaya. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Unawatuna), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Galle (EXOTIC ROOTS & Galle Fort). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, browse the exhibits of Genuine Batik, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa road trip planning website.

Getting from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Galle, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Turtle Care
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 10:
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Lipton’s Seat and The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent. Visiting Little Adam's Peak and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, &more) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella driving holiday app.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, The Nazareth Chapel of the Good Shepherd Convent
Find places to stay Jan 10 — 15:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Yala National Park and Safaris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kataragama Temple and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. Explore Yala National Park's surroundings by going to Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama) and Tissamaharama (Yatala Wehera & Nature & Wildlife Tours).

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 18:
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

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.
On the 19th (Sun), make a trip to Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online holiday planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 20:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

5
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Polonnaruwa and Sri Lanka Navy Museum. Thivanka Image House and King’s Council Chamber will appeal to history buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Sorabora Lake (in Mahiyangana) and Trincomalee (Orr's Hill Army Museum, Hoods Tower Museum, &more). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Somawathiya Stupa, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, and steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online road trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Trincomalee, Sorabora Lake
Find places to stay Jan 20 — 25:
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

7
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Take a break from the city and head to Wilpattu National Park and Eth Pokuna. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Reswehera Rajamaha Vihara (in Buluewa) and Yapahuwa (Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom & Yapahuwa Rock Fortress). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Yapahuwa, Reswehera Rajamaha Vihara
Find places to stay Jan 25 — Feb 1:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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