47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 7 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
3
Jaffna
— 3 nights
4
Nilaveli
— 3 nights
5
Polonnaruwa
— 7 nights
6
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
7
Kataragama
— 2 nights
8
Netolpitiya
— 3 nights
9
Galle
— 8 nights
10
Beruwala
— 5 nights

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.
You'll explore and learn at Ceylon Tea Museum and Arankelle Ancient Monastery. Kandy War Cemetery and Kandy Garrison Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Matale (Knuckles Mountain Range, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, &more), Nuwara Eliya (Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple & Mackwoods Tea Centre) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, look for gifts at Gamage Stores, examine the collection at Raja Museum, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To see reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy route tool.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 14:
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Samadhi Statue and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Visit Isurumuniya Temple and Ruwanwelisaya for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and make a trip to Isinbassagala.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 20th (Thu), you're off to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 20:
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

3
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nallur Kovil and Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library, hike along Kayts Causeway, and explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors
Find places to stay Apr 20 — 23:
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

3
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Trincomalee War Cemetery and Hoods Tower Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore hidden gems such as Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Trincomalee (Arisimale Beach, Koneswaram Temple, &more). There's more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nilaveli online trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Nilaveli takes 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 · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Find places to stay Apr 23 — 26:
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

7
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Appreciate the collections at Sigiriya Museum and Pethikada. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ritigala Forest Monastery and Gal Potha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: Hurulu Eco Park (in Habarana) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and make a trip to Sandakada Pahana.

Discover how to plan a Polonnaruwa trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Polonnaruwa in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Hurulu Eco Park, Ritigala Forest Monastery
Find places to stay Apr 26 — May 3:
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

2
nights
Kalkudah

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

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalkudah day trip app.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Kalkudah in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay May 3 — 5:
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

2
nights
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): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kataragama online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Kataragama in 5.5 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) early enough to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kataragama

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tissamaharama
Find places to stay May 5 — 7:
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Yatala Wehera ©
Yatala Wehera

3
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Medilla Beach and Mawella Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Tangalle Lagoon. Change things up with a short trip to Bundala National Park in Weligatta (about 1h 5 min away). It doesn't end there: stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and enjoy the sand and surf at Medaketiya Activity Beach.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Netolpitiya using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kataragama to Netolpitiya takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Netolpitiya are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay May 7 — 10:
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach

8
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Dutch Reformed Church and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. We've included these beaches for you: Mihiripenna Beach and Hiriketiya Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, &more), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Mirissa (Spas & Wellness & Mirissa Beach). There's lots more to do: experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate, look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, get a new perspective on nature at Maritime Archeology Museum, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary site.

Drive from Netolpitiya to Galle in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Matara, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Find places to stay May 10 — 18:
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex

5
nights
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Get some cultural insight at Kande Viharaya Temple and Sri Vijayarama Viharaya. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Beruwala Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Beruwala: Madu River (in Balapitiya), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Colombo National Museum (in Colombo). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalutara Beach, explore the historical opulence of Richmond Castle, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and stop by Lunuganga.

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Traveling by car from Galle to Beruwala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Beruwala, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Beruwala

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Kosgoda, Bentota, Ahungalla Beach, Madu River
Find places to stay May 18 — 23:
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Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

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