57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bangor
Fly:  30​h
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 8 nights
Fly + taxi:  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
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
9
Dambulla
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
End: Bangor

7
nights
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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Ragama (Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka & MACK Travel Sri Lanka), Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Negombo (Negombo Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colombo driving holiday planning app .

Bangor, USA to Colombo is an approximately 30-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 10 hours traveling from Bangor to Colombo. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Bangor in January; daily highs in Colombo reach 89°F and lows reach 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Ragama, Negombo, Sri Vishnu Kovil, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
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: Kegalle (Pinnawala Jumbos & Elephant Freedom Project), Rathna Ella waterfall (in Mahiyangana) and Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kandy tour planner .

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up 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, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa Beach, & more) and Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Bentota Beach, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, trek along Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bambarakanda Falls.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Nuwara Eliya trip simple and quick.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Aberdeen Falls, Devathura Falls, Kirindi Ella, Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Bandarawela (Dhowa Rock Temple & Amba Estate). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella route planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, classes, spas, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel 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
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Yala National Park: Bundala National Park (in Weligatta), Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple) and Tissamaharama (Off-Road Tours, Safaris, & more). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park travel route planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. In February, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Feb 15 — 20:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Off-Road Tours

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura) and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park, stroll through Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park day trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. In February, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time 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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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Anuradhapura (Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, Mihintale, & more), Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and explore the galleries of Pethikada.

For photos and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. 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

Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, 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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