60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 8 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 9 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 9 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Uda Walawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Ella
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 9 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
End: Colombo

8
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: Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Negombo Beach, & more) and Thewaththa Church (Basilica Ragama) (in Ragama). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colombo tour planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colombo. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia, Kalutara, Bentota, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

9
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: Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda), Balapitiya (Kowilawatta Temple & Madugnga Lake) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Galle tour planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In October in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Balapitiya, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 19:
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

9
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Matale (Riverstone Gap, Knuckles Mountain Range, & more). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy travel planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Bambaragala Viharaya, Rathna Ella waterfall, Ridi Viharaya, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 28:
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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
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.
Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa--about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura tour itinerary site .

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 5:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: make a trip to Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Sigiriya attractions planning tool .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 8:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

3
nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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 Uda Walawe National Park side-trips: Maduwanwela Walawwa (in Suriyakanda), Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura) and Udawalawa (Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage & Safaris). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Uda Walawe National Park and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Uda Walawe National Park trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Uda Walawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In November in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Sampath Gems, Maduwanwela Walawwa
Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

7
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tissamaharama (Bundala birds paradise & Photography Tours), Buttala (Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa & Maligawila Buddha Statue) and Haputale (Lipton’s Seat & Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale). And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Dunhinda Falls, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Badulla, Tissamaharama, Buttala, Haputale
Find places to stay Nov 11 — 18:
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for beaches, classes, spas, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, and look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our 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 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
Find places to stay Nov 18 — 21:
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

9
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana) and Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail, Kirigalpoththa Hike, & more). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Kolapathana Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ohiya, Devathura Falls, Kirindi Ella, Divurumpola, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Nov 21 — 30:
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve

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