49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Kaunas
Fly:  20 h
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Galle
— 6 nights
Fly:  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
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  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: Negombo Beach (in Negombo), Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planning tool.

Kaunas, Lithuania to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from Kaunas to Colombo, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Kaunas in January; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo Beach, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Sri Jayawardanapura City, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kandy online trip maker.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Knuckles Mountain Range, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Elephant Freedom Project, Ridi Viharaya, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galle travel website.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya day trip planning site.

Getting from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Amba Estate (in Bandarawela). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Monastery, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 15th (Sat), stroll through Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. February in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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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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 (Kataragama Temple & Kiri Vehera) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Bundala birds paradise). There's more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park attractions planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can 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
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Explore Dambulla's surroundings by going to Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Dambulla trip maker tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Avukana Buddha Statue, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
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.
When in Anuradhapura, make a side trip to see Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa, approximately Yapahuwa away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura route maker site.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Cap off 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
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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