50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  16 h 30 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Jaffna
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 15 min
5
Udawalawe 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.
Visiting Golden Temple of Dambulla and Wilpattu National Park will get you outdoors. Get some historical perspective at Ruwanwelisaya and Mihintale. Change things up with these side-trips from Anuradhapura: Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Popham's Arboretum) and Yapahuwa Rock Fortress (in Yapahuwa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura online tour itinerary builder.

Sydney, Australia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16- 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. The time zone difference when traveling from Sydney to Anuradhapura is minus 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Casuarina Beach and Kovalam Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nallur Kovil and Jaffna Fort. Get out of town with these interesting Jaffna side-trips: Killinochchi War Memorial Monument (in Kilinochchi) and Thalaiyadi Beach (in Maruthankerny). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, hike along Kayts Causeway, delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Jaffna vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument, Kovalam Beach, Thalaiyadi Beach
Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil and Saint Mary's Cathedral. Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, and steep yourself in history at Wilgam Rajamaha Viharaya.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee attractions planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Passikudah Beach and Kaudulla National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dambulla Cave Temple and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Venture out of the city with trips to Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Pidurangala Rock) and Safaris (in Habarana). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, and don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Passikudah Beach, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 5:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park road trip website.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Udawalawe National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 7:
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Lipton’s Seat and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. Step out of the city life by going to Little Adam's Peak and Ella Rock. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya), Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Tissamaharama (Safaris & Tissa Wewa). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Ella planner.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can 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
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple will appeal to history buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching and Handunugoda Tea Estate. Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Galle (Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex & Kayaking & Canoeing) and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa). And it doesn't end there: get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. 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, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 18:
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Nalanda Gedige. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy day trip 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 your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Nuwara Eliya, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 25:
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Ahungalla Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Community Tsunami Museum and Kowilawatta Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Galle (Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, Galle Fort, &more), Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, and don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kandy to Hikkaduwa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 31:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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