57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Bangor
Fly:  30 h
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 8 nights
Fly:  1 h
3
Galle
— 8 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ella
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Yala National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
9
Dambulla
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  33 h
End: Bangor

7
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Ragama (Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka & Mack Travel Sri Lanka) and Sri Vishnu Kovil (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planning tool.

Bangor, USA to Colombo is an approximately 31-hour flight. Traveling from Bangor to Colombo, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Bangor in January: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 89°F and lows are around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Ragama, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Sri Vishnu Kovil
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 13:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Safaris

8
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana), Kegalle (Pinnawala Jumbos & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and Head underground at Bambaragala Viharaya.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy vacation builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Kegalle, Pinnawala, Rathna Ella waterfall, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 21:
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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

8
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Galle tour itinerary planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Kowilawatta Temple, Kosgoda Turtle Care
Find places to stay Jan 21 — 29:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

8
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 out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Galle to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Bambarakanda Falls, Aberdeen Falls, Ramboda Waterfall, Kirindi Ella
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 6:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale), Bandarawela (Dhowa Rock Temple & Amba Estate) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Bandarawela, Badulla, Diyaluma Falls, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Find places to stay Feb 6 — 12:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Arugam Bay road trip site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Feb 12 — 15:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

5
nights
Yala National Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple), Bundala National Park (in Weligatta) and Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours & Bundala birds paradise). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park online trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In February, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Udawalawe National Park side-trips: Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura) and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, stroll through Udawalawe Trails, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park road trip app.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in February, and nighttime lows around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Sampath Gems
Find places to stay Feb 20 — 23:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Safaris

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and stroll through Euphoria Spice and Herbal.

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

You can fly from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Avukana Buddha Statue, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 28:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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