47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

47 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Karachi
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 6 nights
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:  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
Fly:  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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Protection Association will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kande Viharaya Temple and Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Safaris, &more) and Bentota (Spas & Bentota Beach). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, and stop by Vogue Jewellers.

To find where to stay and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip planner.

Karachi, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time (PKT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 0.5 hours. November in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Do some cultural sightseeing at Galle Fort and Kalutara Bodhiya. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and look for gifts at Cara Jewellers.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Galle road trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Galle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; 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, Kowilawatta Temple, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay Nov 27 — Dec 3:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Get some historical perspective at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy War Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at River Rafting & Tubing and World Buddhist Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Matale (Diana Spice Garden, Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, &more), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Kegalle, Pinnawala, Embekke Devalaya, Dawson Tower
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Wilpattu National Park and Eth Pokuna. Ruwanwelisaya and Ritigala Forest Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Anuradhapura side-trips: Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom (in Yapahuwa) and Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya (in Mannar). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya).

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom, Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
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 view the masterpieces at Pethikada. Here are some ideas for day two: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, thenexplore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, thenmake a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and finally explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya road trip website.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH), take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then stroll around Visit Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park online tour planner.

You can fly from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sella Kataragama Temple and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kiri Vehera. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Yala National Park: Walawe River Safari (in Hambantota), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Sithulpawwa Rock Temple & Yatala Wehera). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park online journey planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Walawe River Safari, Bundala National Park, Kirinda Viharaya
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 ©
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse and Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. Escape the urban bustle at Kumana National Park and Arugam Bay.

To find photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 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.
Get outdoors at Diyaluma Falls and Little Adam's Peak. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Honey Bee Garden and Dunhinda Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Haputale (St. Andrew's Church, Thangamale Bird Sanctuary, &more), Amba Estate (in Bandarawela) and Badulla (Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya & Dhowa Rock Temple). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, trek along Nature Trail Ella, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ella road trip planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Baker's Falls and Devon Falls. Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Warleigh Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Castlereagh Reservoir (in Hatton) and Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, stroll through Moon Plains, explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya road trip website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish up 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

Bambarakanda Falls, Castlereagh Reservoir, Devil's Staircase, Ramboda Waterfall, Warleigh Church
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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