54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

54 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 day
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
3
Mannar
— 2 nights
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights
7
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
8
Kandy
— 4 nights
9
Pinnawala
— 3 nights
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
11
Ella
— 1 night
12
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
13
Udawalawa
— 3 nights
14
Mirissa
— 4 nights
15
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
16
Galle
— 3 nights
17
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
18
Bentota
— 2 nights
19
Colombo
— 3 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planner.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Sharjah to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In February, Colombo is somewhat warmer than Sharjah - with highs of °C and lows of °C. On the 2nd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums
Find places to stay Feb 1 — 2:
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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 Dagaba. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, thenexplore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Mannar.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 2 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

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 don't miss a visit to Mannar Fort. Keep things going the next day: head off the coast to Mannar Island.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mannar route planner.

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

Things to do in Mannar

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Jaffna Fort has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: browse the different shops at Cargills Square, steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and then take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Mannar to Jaffna in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Jaffna

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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, Sigiriya Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get outdoors at Minneriya National Park and Hurulu Eco Park. When in Sigiriya, make a side trip to see Fernando Adventure Safaries in Habarana, approximately Habarana away.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planning website.

You can drive from Jaffna to Sigiriya in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time 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:
Highlights from your plan
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.
You've added Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Avukana Buddha Statue, and other attractions to your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Karu Arts & Crafts in Naula (about 36 minutes away).

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip planning app.

Dambulla is just a short distance from Sigiriya. You will leave for Polonnaruwa on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Avukana Buddha Statue, Karu Arts & Crafts, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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. Take a break from the city and head to Kaudulla National Park and Wasgamuwa National Park. Step out of Polonnaruwa to go to Aralaganwila and see Maduru Oya National Park, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House and pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature 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.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Head to Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Centerfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Kandy to go to Rajawella and see Victoria Golf & Country Resort, which is approximately 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Kandy day trip app.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Feb 19 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Popular historic sites such as Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Millennium Elephant Foundation. Step out of Pinnawala to go to Kadugannawa and see National Railway Museum, which is approximately 46 minutes away. Spend the 26th (Mon) in the pleasant surroundings of Elephant Freedom Project. There's still lots to do: stop by New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala day trip planning app.

You can drive from Kandy to Pinnawala in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Polgahawela, New Paradise Spice & Herbal Garden, National Railway Museum
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 ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course and Galway's Land National Park. Kids will appreciate attractions like Sita Temple and Mackwoods Tea Centre. There's still lots to do: relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Nuwara Eliya takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Wildlife Nature
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 4th (Sun) before leaving for 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 Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches 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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

Plan my Yala National Park trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Getting from Ella to Yala National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In March, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

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

3
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Take a break from the city and head to Udawalawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Change things up with a short trip to Bundala National Park in Weligatta (about 1h 25 min away).

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawa road trip site.

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawa with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive 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
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

4
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Attractions like Mirissa Beach and Polhena Beach make great kid-friendly stops. You'll get in some beach time at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Matara Beach. Take a break from Mirissa with a short trip to Hummanaya Blow Hole in Kudawella, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm, and pause for some photo ops at Kushta Raja Gala.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa route maker website.

Drive from Udawalawa to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To plan Unawatuna vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Mirissa to Unawatuna in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Unawatuna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to 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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): engage your brain at Maritime Archeology Museum.

To find reviews and other tourist information, use the Galle online trip itinerary builder.

Galle is just a stone's throw from Unawatuna. March in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will leave for Hikkaduwa on the 18th (Sun).

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Hikkaduwa Beach and Coral Sanctuary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, go for a stroll along the water at Hikkaduwa Harbour, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Drive from Galle to Hikkaduwa in an hour. In March, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. You'll set off for Bentota on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Museums

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

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nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach. Keep things going the next day: stop by Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, thenlook for gifts at Dara Gems & Jewellery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kalutara Bodhiya.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Bentota takes an hour. In March in Bentota, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

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

3
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Colombo

Colombo ©
Negombo Beach has been added to your itinerary. Kids will appreciate attractions like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Barefoot. Shop till you drop at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and ODEL. See even more of Colombo: look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Colombo tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 26th (Mon) before leaving for 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 ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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