59 days in Sri Lanka, Kyoto & Banff National Park Itinerary

59 days in Sri Lanka, Kyoto & Banff National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 6 nights
3
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
6
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
7
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 8 nights
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 12 nights
9
Banff National Park, Canada
— 12 nights

5
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy attractions planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kandy is 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Dawson Tower, Elephant Freedom Project
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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

6
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galle online route planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

4
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

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: Anuradhapura (Vessagiri, Mihintale, &more) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, see Off-Road Tours, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Galle to Dambulla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 17:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

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.
On the 18th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Dambulla to Udawalawe National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

5
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

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 Ella's surroundings by going to Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya), Tissamaharama (Safaris & Nature & Wildlife Tours) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip app.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Horton Plains National Park, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Kiri Vehera
Find places to stay Jan 19 — 24:
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay day trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

8
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more), Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Lakarcade, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

Before you visit Colombo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 4:
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Safaris
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

12
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, &more), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Japanese Garden (in Suita). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Colombo to Kyoto in 15 hours. Traveling from Colombo to Kyoto, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Colombo in February: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Nara, Ise, Himeji, Japanese Garden
Find places to stay Feb 4 — 16:
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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

12
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Change things up with these side-trips from Banff National Park: Canmore (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Wild Life Distillery) and Yoho National Park (Iceline Trail, Burgess Shale, &more). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort, get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, gain insight at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kyoto to Banff National Park in 20 hours. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Kyoto to Banff National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in February; daily highs in Banff National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Canmore
Find places to stay Feb 16 — 28:
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The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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