55 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

55 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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55 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
foot + Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 45​min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Kandy
— 7 nights
Fly + taxi:  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
+2
taxi + Fly + foot:  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 Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Negombo Beach & Safaris), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama). There's lots more to do: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Colombo trip planning app .

Birmingham, UK to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Birmingham in October, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Kalutara, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka
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Safaris
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and St. Xavier's Church. Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Warleigh Church (in Dickoya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Mohini falls, hike along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Ramboda Waterfall, Warleigh Church
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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.
Lipton’s Seat and St Mark’s Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Safaris (in Udawalawa), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Bundala birds paradise (in Tissamaharama). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the galleries of R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and don't miss a visit to Dhowa Rock Temple.

Discover how to plan a Ella trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Badulla, Bundala birds paradise, Safaris, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Lipton’s Seat
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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 ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse and Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Hanthana Mountain Range. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galle Fort and Kande Viharaya Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and explore the galleries of Indika Art Gallery.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 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
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Sigiriya and Pethikada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, stop by sigiri art gallery, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
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 Polonnaruwa Vatadage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana), Kallady Beach (in Batticaloa) and Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Hetadage, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and take in the pleasant sights at Medirigiriya Vatadage.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa day trip app .

Drive from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kallady Beach, Kaudulla National Park, Passikudah Beach
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Koneswaram Temple and Orr's Hill Army Museum. Step out of Trincomalee with an excursion to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli--about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip maker .

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

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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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.
Get some cultural insight at Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Take a break from Anuradhapura with a short trip to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura journey planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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