47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 6 nights
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
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Trincomalee
— 6 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
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Ella
— 6 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Kandy
— 7 nights
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Galle
— 7 nights

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6
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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Safaris), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Mack Travel Sri Lanka (in Ragama). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, walk around Galle Face Green, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. In November, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

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Safari
Safaris
5.0
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History Museum
Colombo National Museum
3.6

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya tour builder tool.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

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Must see
Sigiriya Fortress
4.6
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Landmark
Pidurangala Rock
4.8

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa (about 1h 30 min away). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, and admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Anuradhapura vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

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Religious Site
Mihintale
4.8
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Nature / Park
Wilpattu National Park
3.8
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Architectural Building
Ruwanwelisaya
4.6

6
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Step out of Trincomalee with an excursion to Somawathiya Stupa in Polonnaruwa--about 1h 55 min away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, don't miss a visit to Lanka Pattuna, and stroll through Arisimale Beach.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Trincomalee day trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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Religious Site
Koneswaram Temple
4.4
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Shark Diving
Shark Diving
5.0
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Religious Site
Somawathiya Stupa
4.6

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, contemplate the long history of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay tour planning app.

Getting from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks

Side Trip

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Water Body
Arugam Bay
4.0
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Outdoor Activity
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
4.5

6
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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: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, &more) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:
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Geologic Formation
Ella Rock
4.8
Waterfall
Ravana Ella Falls
2.8

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park online holiday maker.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. December in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

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Safari
Safaris
5.0

7
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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa), Nuwara Eliya (Bluefield Tea Gardens & Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours · Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 10:
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7
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Galle sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

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World heritage site
Galle Fort
4.4
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.6

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