49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kaunas
+2
bus + train + Fly:  20​h
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
8
Dambulla
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Drive + Fly:  23​h 15​min
End: Kaunas

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota), Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Nature & Wildlife Tours). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo driving holiday site .

Kaunas, Lithuania to Colombo is an approximately 20-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Kaunas to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Kaunas in January, things will get much warmer in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Jayawardanapura City, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Negombo Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kandy itinerary planner.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Ridi Viharaya, Knuckles Mountain Range, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

6
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planning site .

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 January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 2:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To see where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya day trip site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Ramboda Waterfall, Bambarakanda Falls
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Amba Estate (in Bandarawela). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ella day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Amba Estate, Lipton’s Seat, Diyaluma Falls
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 14:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park road trip planning website .

Drive from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Feb 14 — 16:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, & more). There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park and take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary builder website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Uda Walawe National Park to Yala National Park. In February, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 19:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

4
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's much more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Plan my day in Dambulla using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Sigiriya, Avukana Buddha Statue, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

7
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.
Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Yapahuwa and see Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Find places to stay Feb 23 — Mar 1:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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