47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
Uda Walawe 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Safaris), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and MACK Travel Sri Lanka (in Ragama). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, MACK Travel Sri Lanka, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, Sri Vishnu Kovil
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the galleries of Pethikada, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya online trip maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Take a break from Anuradhapura with a short trip to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Mihintale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary app .

Drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Somawathiya Stupa in Polonnaruwa, about 1h 55 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya, and admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee online vacation builder .

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

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Girihadu Seya, Somawathiya Stupa, Nilaveli Beach
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Shark Diving

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online visit planner .

Drive from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive 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
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Mohini falls, & more). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and steep yourself in history at Lipton’s Seat.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella itinerary builder .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. 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 Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the striking landscape of Uda Walawe National Park. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Uda Walawe National Park attractions app .

Traveling by car from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
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: Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Nuwara Eliya (Bluefield Tea Gardens & Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Dawson Tower, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

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

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. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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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