49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Yala National Park
— 4 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Pinnawala
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
9
Galle
— 7 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
10
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

6
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: Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) (in Ragama), Murugan Temple (in Chilaw) and Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). Spend the 5th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colombo road trip website .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. In July, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Beddegana Wetland Park, Murugan Temple
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10:
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Safaris
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kajugaswatta Temple (in Ratnapura), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Uda Walawe National Park (Udawalawe National Park & Elephant Transit Home (ETH)). Make the 13th (Sat) an awe-inspiring day at Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Uda Walawe National Park, Kajugaswatta Temple, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Badulla (Bogoda Wooden Bridge & Dunhinda Falls), Udawalawa (Safaris & Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ella online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Haputale, Badulla
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 22:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Safaris
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 23rd (Tue), get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yala National Park: Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, & more), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Yala National Park. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park travel route app .

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 28:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

3
nights
Sigiriya

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Sigiriya vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Habarana, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, nature, wildlife, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, and make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

Plan my Anuradhapura trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 6:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Jumbos, identify plant and animal life at Millennium Elephant Foundation, and then identify plant and animal life at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala trip planner .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Pinnawala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Kegalle
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 7:
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation
Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos

7
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Kosgoda (Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery & Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center) and Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center (in Ahungalla). Spend the 13th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle holiday website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Pinnawala to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In August in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Kosgoda, Bentota
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 14:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana), Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala). Spend the 17th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see maps, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planning website .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Matale, Rathna Ella waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 21:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Knuckles Forest Reserve ©
Knuckles Forest Reserve

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