60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Holy Trinity Church and R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Kids will enjoy Horton Plains National Park and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya), Thangamale Bird Sanctuary (in Haputale) and Bogoda Bridge (in Badulla). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella trip builder .

Colombo to Ella is an approximately 3-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Haputale, Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Arugam Bay to Ampara to see Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 25th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Arugam Bay driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Ampara
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Yala National Park: Hambantota (Bundala National Park, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, & more), Buttala (Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa & Dambegoda Bodhisattva Statue) and Kataragama (Sella Kataragama Temple & Kataragama Temple). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya, appreciate the history behind Buduruwagala, and make a trip to Okanda Devalaya.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kataragama, Hambantota, Buttala, Bundala National Park
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Kebiliththa - Siyambalawa devalaya ©
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

7
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.
Attractions like Minneriya National Park and Hurulu Eco Park make great kid-friendly stops. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Polonnaruwa and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, & more) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Kaudulla National Park). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, look for all kinds of wild species at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and stop by Lanka Silks.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya attractions planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Sigiriya by flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

6
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Bring the kids along to Nilaveli Beach and Uppuveli. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Marble Beach and Arisimale Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nilaveli: Trincomalee (Sri Lanka Navy Museum, Koneswaram Temple, & more). Spend the 13th (Tue) exploring nature at Pigeon Island National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Fort Frederick, witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs, delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nilaveli travel app .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Nilaveli in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

6
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.
Popular historic sites such as Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Spend the 20th (Tue) exploring nature at Wilpattu National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Mihintale, step into the grandiose world of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, and appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura attractions planning tool .

You can drive from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

4
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Golden Temple and Golden Cave Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula), Yapahuwa (Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom & Yapahuwa Rock Fortress) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Kaludiya Pokuna, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, and admire the masterpieces at Painting Conservation & Research Center, Painting Museum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Dambulla trip planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Yapahuwa, kaludiya Pokuna, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Karu Arts & Crafts, Avukana Buddha Statue
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy. Attractions like Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya (in Mawanella), Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation) and Luv SL (in Pinnawala). Spend the 4th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy day trip site .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Kegalle, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Knuckles Mountain Range, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

10
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Kids will enjoy Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Matara (Polhena Beach & Matara Beach), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, & more) and Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Galle day trip planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Tangalle, Bentota, Kosgoda, Unawatuna
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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