50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  16​h 30​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Jaffna
— 5 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 6 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
7
Mirissa
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
8
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
9
Hikkaduwa
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h
End: Sydney

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Venture out of the city with trips to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress (in Yapahuwa) and Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Popham's Arboretum). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura online day trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Anuradhapura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Dambulla, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

5
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Take a break from the city and head to Kovalam Beach and Seven Wells Beach. You'll get in some beach time at Casuarina Beach and Thalaiyadi Beach. Step out of Jaffna with an excursion to Killinochchi War Memorial Monument in Kilinochchi--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Jaffna journey site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument, Kovalam Beach
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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

5
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nilaveli Beach and Arisimale Beach. Get outdoors at Marble Beach and Pigeon Island National Park. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, don't miss a visit to Wilgam Rajamaha Viharaya, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

6
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sigiriya and Lankathilaka Image House. Explore hidden gems such as Dambulla Cave Temple and Passikudah Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Polonnaruwa side-trips: Habarana (Safaris, Minneriya National Park, & more) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Dalada Maluwa, and don't miss a visit to Hetadage.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip website .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Passikudah Beach
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

2
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): 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). On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Uda Walawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park

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.
Lipton’s Seat and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Honey Bee Garden and Ella Spice Garden. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya), Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Tissamaharama (Safaris & Tissa Wewa). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Ella holiday planning website .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Horton Plains National Park, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Lipton’s Seat, Buduruwagala
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Safaris
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirissa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya), Galle (Nature & Wildlife Tours, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, & more) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's still lots to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm, and look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Matara, Tangalle, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Elephant Freedom Project and World Buddhist Museum. Get outdoors at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Nuwara Eliya (Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple & Bluefield Tea Gardens), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

6
nights
Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle (Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, Galle Fort, & more), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 31st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota, Akurala Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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