47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Colombo
Fly + taxi:  1​h
Kandy
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
Nilaveli
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Polonnaruwa
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
Kataragama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Netolpitiya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
Galle
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Beruwala
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Colombo

7
days
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Ceylon Tea Museum and World Buddhist Museum. Visit Commonwealth War Cemetery and Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Matale (Knuckles Mountain Range, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, & more), Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ramboda Falls (in Ramboda). Spend the 13th (Thu) surrounded by wildlife at Elephant Freedom Project. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, get engrossed in the history at Arankelle Ancient Monastery, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

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Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. April in Kandy sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Elephant Freedom Project, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Commonwealth War Cemetery ©
Commonwealth War Cemetery
Ceylon Tea Museum
Ceylon Tea Museum

6
days
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.
Visit Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Isurumuniya Temple and Abhayagiri Dagoba. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Vilpaththu National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and make a trip to Isinbassagala.

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Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Wilpattu National Park
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple ©
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

3
days
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nallur Kovil and Jaffna Fort. Visit Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara for their historical value. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library.

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Drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nilaveli.

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Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach

3
days
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Get a sense of the local culture at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple. Relax by the water at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Trincomalee (Arisimale Beach & Hoods Tower Museum). Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara.

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Drive from Jaffna to Nilaveli in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

7
days
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Lankathilaka Image House. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sigiriya Museum and Pethikada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polonnaruwa: Sigiriya (Sigiriya World Heritage Site & Pidurangala Rock) and Habarana (Hurulu Eco Park & Ritigala Forest Monastery). Spend the 2nd (Tue) exploring nature at Angammedilla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, contemplate the long history of Lotus Pond, explore the ancient world of Medirigiriya Vatadage, and admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa vacation planner.

Drive from Nilaveli to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins ©
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

1
day
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): kick back and relax at Pasikudah Beach and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kalkudah trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kalkudah takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kataragama.

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Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

1
day
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sella Kataragama Temple.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kataragama trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kalkudah to Kataragama by car takes about 4.5 hours. In May in Kataragama, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kataragama

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Tissamaharama
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yatala Wehera ©
Yatala Wehera
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

4
days
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
You'll get in some beach time at Goyambokka Beach and Medilla Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Mawella Beach. Take a break from Netolpitiya with a short trip to Bundala National Park in Hambantota, about 52 minutes away.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Netolpitiya online itinerary creator.

Getting from Kataragama to Netolpitiya by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, Bundala National Park
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

8
days
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Church and Saint Mary's Church. We've included these beaches for you: Polhena Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, & more), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Matara (Hiriketiya Beach & Matara Beach). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, stroll through Jungle Beach, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Galle holiday planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Galle in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Matara, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Worldride Surf Club
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Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

5
days
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Do some cultural sightseeing at Colombo National Museum and Kande Viharaya. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Beruwala Beach and Ahungalla Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Beruwala: Kalutara (Richmond Castle, Nature & Wildlife Tours, & more), Sri Vijayarama Viharaya (in Ambalangoda) and Madu River (in Balapitiya). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, look for gifts at Western Leather, admire the natural beauty at Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, and look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Beruwala vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Beruwala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Beruwala can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Beruwala

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota, Kosgoda, Aluthgama, Kalutara, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya
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Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kalutara Beach ©
Kalutara Beach

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