52 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

52 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Colombo
— 5 nights
2
Galle
— 6 nights
3
Kalametiya
— 5 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
5
Ella
— 6 nights
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
7
Kandy
— 5 nights
8
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
9
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
10
Dambulla
— 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery (in Kaduwela), Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama) and Diyasaru Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura). Spend the 11th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and walk around Galle Face Green.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. In August in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, Negombo Beach, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Diyasaru Park
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

6
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Parrot Rock Bridge, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, and stop by Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Tea House, 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 ©
When in Kalametiya, make a side trip to see Walawe HN River Safari in Ambalantota, approximately Ambalantota away.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kalametiya tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galle to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. In August in Kalametiya, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Ussangoda National Park, Walawe HN River Safari, Kahandamodara Beach
Find places to stay Aug 21 — 26:
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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

5
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Yala National Park in Yala National Park (about 1h 55 min away).

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Kalametiya to Arugam Bay in 4 hours. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) to allow 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

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to 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, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

Lanka Tracker - Day Tours, Devil's Staircase, Devathura Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Kandy journey builder.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, See Lanka Travels
Find places to stay Sep 11 — 16:
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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
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 out of Trincomalee with an excursion to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli--about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shaktipeeth Shri Shankari Devi Temple, get great views at Ravana Abyss, and steep yourself in history at Trincomalee Harbour.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee attractions site.

Getting from Kandy to Trincomalee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Swim with Dolphins

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.
Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Mannar to see Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can 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

4
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla holiday maker website.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Sep 26 — 30:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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