49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

49 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Drive:  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
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  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
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
10
Kandy
— 7 nights
Train + Taxi:  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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Murugan Temple (in Chilaw), Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (Sri Anjaneyar Temple & Scuba & Snorkeling) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Beddegana Wetland Park, and see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo route builder tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Murugan Temple, Sri Jayawardanapura City
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), Udawalawe National Park (Udawalawe National Park & Elephant Transit Home (ETH)) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip maker website.

You can drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat), Badulla (Bogoda Wooden Bridge & Dunhinda Falls) and Udawalawa (Safaris & Udawalawe Trails). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, make a trip to Demodara Loop, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. 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

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 23rd (Tue), get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, make a trip 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 ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car 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
Spas
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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.
Explore Yala National Park's surroundings by going to Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple), Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Bundala National Park (in Weligatta). Spend the 25th (Thu) exploring nature at Yala National Park. There's still lots to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Yala National Park online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, 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.
Step out of Sigiriya to go to Dambulla and see Golden Temple of Dambulla, which is approximately 54 minutes away. Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya itinerary builder app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
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, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and stroll through Wilpattu National Park.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura tour planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Jumbos, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, and then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Pinnawala in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Pinnawala can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife

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

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Kosgoda (Galbokka Sea Turtle Hatchery & Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center (in Ahungalla). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Galle journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Pinnawala to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and flight. In August, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Kosgoda, Mirissa, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Aug 7 — 14:
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana), Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, delve into the lush surroundings at Riverstone Gap, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy online trip builder.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

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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