45 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

45 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Kandy
— 4 nights
2
Galle
— 5 nights
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
4
Ella
— 4 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
6
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
7
Dambulla
— 2 nights
8
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
9
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
10
Colombo
— 6 nights

4
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy online trip itinerary builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Kandy, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). There's much more to do: take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

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Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

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: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya vacation planner.

You can fly from Galle to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Badulla (Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya & Dunhinda Falls) and Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, view the masterpieces at I Love Ceylon Gallery, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella travel route builder app.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Badulla, Diyaluma Falls, Mahamevnawa Monastery
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay travel tool.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

4
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.
Explore Tissamaharama's surroundings by going to Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Yala National Park (in Yala National Park). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, and explore the activities along Tissa Wewa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama tour itinerary app.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Tissamaharama in 3.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla online trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Tissamaharama to Dambulla in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

5
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.
When in Anuradhapura, make a side trip to see Dambulla Cave Temple in Habarana, approximately Habarana away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Isinbassagala, and get outside with Eth Pokuna.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planning tool.

Drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polonnaruwa: Sigiriya (in Sigiriya) and Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana). Spend the 17th (Sat) exploring nature at Wasgamuwa National Park. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa, make a trip to Gal Vihara, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa visit planning tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Kaudulla National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

6
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 out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (St. Sebastian’s Church, Negombo Beach, &more) and Holy Cross Church Kalutara (in Kalutara). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, stroll around Galle Face Green, and explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation.

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Do a combination of taxi and train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Negombo, Holy Cross Church Kalutara
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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