56 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

56 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Hikkaduwa
— 9 nights
2
Bentota
— 3 nights
3
Colombo
— 9 nights
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
5
Galle
— 13 nights
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 6 nights
7
Kandy
— 3 nights
8
Ella
— 5 nights
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights

9
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robes. Appreciate the collections at Community Tsunami Museum and Ariyapala & Sons. Go for a jaunt from Hikkaduwa to Ambalangoda to see Sea Turtle Hatchery about 54 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, see the interesting displays at Ariyapala Mask Museum, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa day trip planner.

Bengaluru, India to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. In December, Hikkaduwa is somewhat warmer than Bengaluru - with highs of °C and lows of °C. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll travel to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Southern Province, Akurala Beach, Galagoda Shailatharama Viharaya, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Dec 24 — Jan 2:
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, and finally look for gifts at Leather.lk. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Bentota travel planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Bentota takes an hour. January in Bentota sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. You will leave for Colombo on the 5th (Sun).

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalutara, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Leather.lk, Ahungalla Beach
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 5:
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Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

9
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.
Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour for their historical value. Head to Ganeshism Studio Gallery and Barefootfor some retail therapy. Venture out of the city with trips to Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia (Sri Lanka Air Force Museum & Our Turtle Conservation Project), Negombo (Negombo Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's still lots to do: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, browse the different shops at Arcade Independence Square, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah.

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

Traveling by car from Bentota to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Beddegana Wetland Park, National Telecommunication Museum, Panadura Beach
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 14:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

3
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 15th (Wed), kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, thenstop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and finally kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. On the 16th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, thenhead outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and finally stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna day trip site.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Unawatuna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 17:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

13
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Galle Fort and Historical Mansion Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore and learn at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and EXOTIC ROOTS. Go for a jaunt from Galle to Morawaka to see Ethamala Ella Waterfall about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and engage your brain at Maritime Archeology Museum.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Galle is just a stone's throw from Unawatuna. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Ethamala Ella Waterfall
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 30:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

6
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Step out of the city life by going to Udawalawe National Park and Safaris. You'll get in some beach time at Kalametiya Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Udawalawe National Park: Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa), Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura) and Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota). There's still lots to do: stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH), admire the sheer force of Kirindi Ella, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ussangoda National Park, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Madunagala Hermitage.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Udawalawe National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Galle to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Madunagala Hermitage, Kahandamodara Beach, Kirindi Ella, Sampath Gems
Find places to stay Jan 30 — Feb 5:
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

3
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.
On the 6th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, thensee the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 7th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, engage your brain at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kandy road trip app.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Feb 5 — 8:
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
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.
Head to R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Ella Gem & Jewelryfor some retail therapy. Get in touch with nature at Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat), Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Tissamaharama) and Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa (in Buttala). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip maker website.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haputale, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa
Find places to stay Feb 8 — 13:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Horton Plains National Park and Mohini falls. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum and St. Xavier's Church. Go for a jaunt from Nuwara Eliya to Pussellawa to see Ramboda Waterfall about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya route planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum
Find places to stay Feb 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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