47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Karachi
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  7 h 45 min
End: Karachi

7
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Vogue Jewellers. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Safaris, &more), Bentota (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Protection Association, &more) and Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, head outdoors with Diyatha Uyana, and kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip maker website.

Karachi, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. November in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Bentota, Kande Viharaya Temple
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

6
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Spas. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Galle online visit planner.

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Kalutara, Masjid ul Abrar, Kowilawatta Temple, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Spas & Wellness. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Embekke Devalaya (in Handessa), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, Head underground at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, and examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala, Kegalle, Dawson Tower, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison 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 Ruwanwelisaya and Isinbassagala. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anuradhapura: Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom (in Yapahuwa) and Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya (in Mannar). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, get outside with Eth Pokuna, steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip builder website.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom, Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and finally explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Habarana, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Fri): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then stroll through Visit Udawalawe National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 17 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

4
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bundala National Park and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. Get out of town with these interesting Yala National Park side-trips: Tissamaharama (Safaris, Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, &more), Walawe River Safari (in Hambantota) and Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Sella Kataragama Temple). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Yala National Park. It doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park online trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Walawe River Safari, Kirinda Viharaya, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Arugam Bay and Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. Step out of Arugam Bay with an excursion to Kumana National Park in Ampara--about 1h 05 min away.

To see traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ampara
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Honey Bee Garden and R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Amba Estate (in Bandarawela), Haputale (St. Andrew's Church, Thangamale Bird Sanctuary, &more) and Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and make a trip to Dhowa Rock Temple.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ella driving holiday site.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Badulla, Diyaluma Falls, Amba Estate
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak

6
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ramboda Waterfall and Bambarakanda Falls. Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Castlereagh Reservoir (in Hatton), Warleigh Church (in Dickoya) and Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Bomburuella Waterfall, hike along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya journey planner.

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Baker's Falls, Devil's Staircase, Warleigh Church, Bambarakanda Falls, Castlereagh Reservoir
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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