54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sharjah
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Mannar
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
11
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
12
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
13
Udawalawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
14
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Train:  45​min
15
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
16
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
17
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
18
Bentota
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 15​min
19
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 45​min
End: Kochi (Cochin)

1
day
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You've now added Colombo National Museum to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colombo online route maker .

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 9-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time to India Standard Time is 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Sharjah in February; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the train ride to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Dagoba of Thuparama as well as Abhayagiri Dagoba. On the 3rd (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, then contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker website .

You can take a train from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

2
nights
Mannar

Mannar ©
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): make a trip to Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu and then make a trip to Mannar Fort. On the next day, step off the mainland to explore Mannar Island.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mannar road trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Mannar in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Mannar

Nature Parks
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Mannar Island ©
Mannar Island
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu ©
Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu
Mannar Fort ©
Mannar Fort

2
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 day-by-day itinerary now includes Jaffna Central Railway Station as well as Jaffna Fort. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): grab a seat and go on Jaffna Central Railway Station. On your second day here, buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and then take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jaffna driving holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Jaffna

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 8:
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Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
You've added Sigiriya Craft Village, Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Sigiriya Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Minneriya National Park and Fernando Adventure Safaries. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya tour itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Jaffna to Sigiriya in 4.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 11:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

3
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Avukana Buddha Statue, and other attractions you added. Take a break from Dambulla with a short trip to Karu Arts & Crafts in Naula, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip planner .

Dambulla is very close to Sigiriya. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Nature Museums

Side Trips

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Avukana Buddha Statue, Karu Arts & Crafts
Find places to stay Feb 11 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Polonnaruwa as well as Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Escape the urban bustle at Kaudulla National Park and Wasgamuwa National Park. When in Polonnaruwa, make a side trip to see Maduru Oya National Park in Aralaganwila, approximately 1h 45 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa day trip tool .

You can drive from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Maduru Oya National Park, Kaudulla National Park
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

4
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.
Shop till you drop at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Center. Kids will appreciate attractions like Knuckles Forest Reserve and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Step out of Kandy to go to Rajawella and see Victoria Golf & Country Resort, which is approximately 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy journey maker .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Get some cultural insight at National Railway Museum and Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa. Take a break from the city and head to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Millennium Elephant Foundation. Take a break from Pinnawala with a short trip to Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery in Polgahawela, about 44 minutes away. Spend the 23rd (Fri) surrounded by wildlife at Elephant Freedom Project. Next up on the itinerary: look for gifts at New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden.

Plan my trip to Pinnawala with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Kandy to Pinnawala in an hour. Another option is to take a train. February in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Polgahawela, National Railway Museum, New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa ©

4
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.
Visiting Horton Plains National Park and Galway's Land National Park will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: stop by Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, experience rural life at Ambewela Farms, and play a few rounds at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.

Before you visit Nuwara Eliya, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Feb 26 — Mar 2:
Highlights from your plan
Galway's Land National Park ©
Galway's Land National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Wed), take some stellar pictures from Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ella road trip tool .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Find places to stay Mar 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala. Keep things going the next day: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Make your Yala National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. On the 3rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Safaris
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala
Okanda Devalaya ©
Okanda Devalaya

3
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Get outdoors at Udawalawe National Park and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage. Change things up with these side-trips from Udawalawa: Bundala National Park (in Hambantota) and Elephant Transit Home (in Uda Walawe National Park).

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawa trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Udawalawa. In March in Udawalawa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Mar 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

4
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get outdoors at Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Matara Beach. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Blow Hole Hummanaya in Dikwella, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Polhena Beach, pause for some photo ops at Kushta Raja Gala, meet the residents at Snake Farm, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mirissa trip planner .

You can drive from Udawalawa to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), Blow Hole Hummanaya
Find places to stay Mar 9 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Unawatuna Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. On your second day here, meet the residents at Sea Turtle Hatchery and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Unawatuna vacation planning app .

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Hatchery
Find places to stay Mar 13 — 15:
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Spas & Wellness

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): learn more about the world around you at Maritime Archeology Museum and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and then stop by Lihiniya Gems.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

Galle is very close to Unawatuna. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
Find places to stay Mar 15 — 18:
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems
Stick No Bills Poster Gallery ©
Stick No Bills Poster Gallery

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hikkaduwa Beach and Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, and view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa journey planner.

Hikkaduwa is very close to Galle. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Mar 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach. On your second day here, look for gifts at Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, stop by Dara Gems & Jewellery, and then make a trip to Kalutara Bodhiya.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Bentota journey builder .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Bentota takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in March, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Kalutara Bodhiya, Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Ahungalla Beach, Dara Gems & Jewellery
Find places to stay Mar 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
Negombo Beach has been added to your itinerary. Shop till you drop at Stone 'N' String and Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct. Step out of Colombo with an excursion to Nature & Wildlife Tours in Negombo--about 54 minutes away. See even more of Colombo: look for gifts at Barefoot, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Galle Face Green, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip tool .

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Find places to stay Mar 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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