47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Trincomalee
— 6 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
8
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
9
Galle
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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.
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, don't miss a visit to Sri Vishnu Kovil, walk around Galle Face Green, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To see other places to visit, ratings, 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 travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Sri Vishnu Kovil, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mack Travel Sri Lanka, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 7:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

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

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
When in Anuradhapura, make a side trip to see Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa, approximately Yapahuwa away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, get outside with Eth Pokuna, and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura online route builder.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 16:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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 still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach, and don't miss a visit to Lanka Pattuna.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee road trip site.

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

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Somawathiya Stupa, Nilaveli Beach, Girihadu Seya
Find places to stay Nov 16 — 22:
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Shark Diving
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Arugam Bay, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, 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 and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Find places to stay Nov 22 — 25:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

6
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: Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, &more), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

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

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ohiya, Lipton’s Seat, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Bambarakanda Falls
Find places to stay Nov 25 — Dec 1:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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 where to stay, more things to do, reviews, 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

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Safaris
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Nuwara Eliya (Bluefield Tea Gardens & Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). 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, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 2 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

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Dawson Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 10:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Galle fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Kowilawatta Temple, Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary
Find places to stay Dec 10 — 17:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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