51 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

51 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Galle
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Bentota
— 5 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h 45 min
3
Kandy
— 7 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Ella
— 7 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Tel Aviv

7
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Appreciate the collections at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Indika Art Gallery. Shop till you drop at Cara Jewellers and Saffron Robes. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Hikkaduwa (Naga Viharaya, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's much more to do: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Galle is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Galle, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 17:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

5
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Leather.lkfor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bentota: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa) and Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Bentota Beach.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bentota online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kalutara, Leather.lk, Scuba & Snorkeling, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 22:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Let the collections at World Buddhist Museum and Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum capture your imagination. Get some historical perspective at Kandy War Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's lots more to do: stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kandy using our trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Bentota to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. You'll set off for Anuradhapura on the 29th (Sun).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Sep 22 — 29:
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanwelisaya. Get some cultural insight at Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Venture out of the city with trips to Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom (in Yapahuwa) and Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana). The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and don't miss a visit to Nakha Vehera.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Avukana Buddha Statue, Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 5:
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nallur Kovil and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Take a break from the city and head to Kovalam Beach and Kayts Causeway. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, and take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Jaffna tour builder.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Find places to stay Oct 5 — 9:
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal 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.
Get some cultural insight at Koneswaram Temple and Saint Mary's Cathedral. Museum-lovers will get to explore Hoods Tower Museum and Orr's Hill Army Museum. When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately Nilaveli away. The adventure continues: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil.

To see other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay Oct 9 — 14:
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

6
nights
Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya. Dambulla Cave Temple and Sigiriya Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Habarana (Safaris & Kaudulla National Park) and Sigiriya (Pethikada & Pidurangala Rock). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa journey planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 20:
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
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.
On the 21st (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder tool.

You can fly from Polonnaruwa to Udawalawe National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

7
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Horton Plains National Park. Head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Franciscan Sister's Jam Roomfor plenty of shopping. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale), Nuwara Eliya (Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, Mohini falls, &more) and Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana). There's lots more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ella vacation builder website.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. On the 29th (Tue), you're off to home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Bambarakanda Falls
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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