50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 5 nights
2
Galle
— 5 nights
3
Kalametiya
— 5 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
5
Ella
— 5 nights
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
8
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
9
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
10
Dambulla
— 5 nights

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Diyasaru Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura) and Negombo Beach (in Negombo). Spend the 9th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get outside with Scan Alpine Outdoor Solutions, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and look for gifts at Lakarcade.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo route maker tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In August, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Diyasaru Park, Negombo Beach
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

5
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: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stop by Made In Ceylon, appreciate the extensive heritage of Sri Lanka Amazing Tours, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Galle itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Nandana Tea Factory, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

5
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Change things up with a short trip to Walawe HN River Safari in Ambalantota (about 30 minutes away).

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Traveling by car from Galle to Kalametiya takes 2.5 hours. August in Kalametiya sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Tangalle, Walawe HN River Safari, Kahandamodara Beach
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Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Walawe HN River Safari ©
Walawe HN River Safari

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park to see Yala National Park about 1h 55 min away.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kalametiya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

5
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: Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park), Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Dunhinda Falls (in Badulla). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, soothe aching muscles at Yoga Ella, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ella road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Buduruwagala, Diyaluma Falls, Dunhinda Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

5
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: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, get the adrenaline pumping with Sri Lanka Magical Tours, scramble along the landscape with Roll Trips, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

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Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Ohiya, Lanka Tracker - Day Tours, Ramboda Waterfall, Devathura Falls
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Roll Trips ©
Roll Trips
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

5
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: See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and take a memorable excursion with Withlocals.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, See Lanka Travels, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
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Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, don't miss a visit to Lanka Pattuna, and explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

For traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Trincomalee takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

5
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 Mannar and see Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, which is approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura attractions site.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

5
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana), Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Spend the 24th (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kaudulla National Park, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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