55 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

55 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Birmingham
Fly:  16 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
5
Kandy
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
6
Galle
— 6 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
7
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
9
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
+4
Taxi + Fly + Train + Subway + Train:  17 h
End: Birmingham

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Sri Vishnu Kovil. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Kalutara (Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Negombo (Negombo Beach & Safaris) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, stroll around Galle Face Green, brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo online route planner.

Birmingham, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Colombo is 5.5 hours. In October, Colombo is much hotter than Birmingham - with highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kalutara, Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

6
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.
Warleigh Church and Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip builder site.

Drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ohiya, Warleigh Church, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 13 — 19:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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.
Get some cultural insight at Lipton’s Seat and St Mark’s Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya), Safaris (in Udawalawa) and Bundala birds paradise (in Tissamaharama). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Monastery.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ella attractions tool.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Safaris, Lipton’s Seat, Bundala birds paradise
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 25:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse and Kudumbigala Monastery are good opportunities to explore the local culture.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online vacation planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Off-Road Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 4:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

6
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle Fort and Indika Art Gallery are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Mirissa, Kande Viharaya Temple
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 10:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo 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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya. Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, take in the exciting artwork at sigiri art gallery, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Dambulla online driving holiday planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

6
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get some cultural insight at Polonnaruwa and Dalada Maluwa. Venture out of the city with trips to Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah), Kallady Beach (in Batticaloa) and Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana). The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, and make a trip to Sandakada Pahana.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker site.

Drive from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Passikudah Beach, Kallady Beach, Kaudulla National Park
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 19:
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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 a sense of the local culture at Koneswaram Temple and Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. Change things up with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli (about 56 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see maps and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee day trip site.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay Nov 19 — 24:
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruwanwelisaya and Isinbassagala. Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa--about 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 30:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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