50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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50 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + Drive:  21 h
1
Tissamaharama
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 45 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Trincomalee
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h
9
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
10
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Copenhagen

6
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Kahandamodara Beach and Kirinda Viharaya. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sella Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tissamaharama: Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary (in Kalametiya), Yala National Park (in Yala National Park) and Kumana National Park (in Ampara). And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, explore the striking landscape of Ussangoda National Park, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Tissamaharama vacation planning tool .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Tissamaharama is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Copenhagen to Tissamaharama is 4 hours. Traveling from Copenhagen in February, expect Tissamaharama to be much warmer, temps between 37°C and 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kataragama, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kirinda Viharaya, Kahandamodara Beach, Kumana National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Safaris

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip builder site .

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Find places to stay Feb 7 — 9:
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Safaris

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Bring the kids along to Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Medawatta Beach. Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Matara (in Matara), Kabalana Beach (in Ahangama) and Blow Hole Hummanaya (in Dikwella). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the galleries of Indika Art Gallery, and stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kabalana Beach, Hummanaya Blow Hole
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Scuba & Snorkeling
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©

5
nights
Hikkaduwa

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.
Family-friendly places like Beruwala Beach and Ahungalla Beach will thrill your kids. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Galle (Stick No Bills Poster Gallery & Galle Fort). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, see the vivid underwater world at Coral Sanctuary, and take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa day trip app .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. February in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Beruwala Beach
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Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

7
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.
Visit Ruwanwelisaya and Sigiriya for their historical value. Mihintale and Yapahuwa Rock Fortress are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Anuradhapura side-trips: Sigiriya (Pethikada & kaludiya Pokuna), Medirigiriya Vatadage (in Polonnaruwa) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Kaudulla National Park, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see maps, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Medirigiriya Vatadage
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

4
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nallur Kovil and Jaffna Fort. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagadipa Purana Vihara and St. Mary's Cathedral. When in Jaffna, make a side trip to see Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, approximately Karainagar away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naguleswaram Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

6
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Shark Diving. Your inner history buff will appreciate Somawathiya Stupa and Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Trincomalee: Polonnaruwa (Archaeological Museum, King’s Council Chamber, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Arisimale Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, steep yourself in history at Wilgam Rajamaha Viharaya, and learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee day trip 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
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King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Shark Diving

6
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.
Visiting Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Lake will get you outdoors. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Red Mosque, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Seema Malakaya Temple and Borella All Saints Church. Step out of Colombo to go to Negombo and see Negombo Beach, which is approximately 52 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Urban Island, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To find reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
Find places to stay Mar 14 — 17:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya and then delve into the lush surroundings at Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dhowa Rock Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Badulla
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Dhowa Rock Temple ©
Dhowa Rock Temple

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