44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bhuj
Fly:  13 h
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
9
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Anuradhapura
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Bhuj

5
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs, Negombo Beach, &more) and Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery (in Kaduwela). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip tool.

Bhuj, India to Colombo is an approximately 13- hour flight. You can also drive. When traveling from Bhuj in April, plan for slightly colder days in Colombo, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Diyasaru Park, Kaduwela Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala), Pinnawala Jumbos (in Kegalle) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, take a peaceful walk through Riverstone Gap, and stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

Plan trip to Kandy with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Dawson Tower, Riverstone Gap, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Jumbos
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

5
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center (in Ahungalla) and Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach).

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Bentota, Mirissa, Galle, Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Devathura Falls (in Ramboda). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, walk around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya tour planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramboda Waterfall, Devathura Falls
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

5
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela), Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Lipton’s Seat). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Monastery, and learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip site.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Haputale, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Dhowa Rock Temple, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Go for a jaunt from Arugam Bay to Ampara to see Kumana National Park about 1h 05 min away.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kumana National Park
Find places to stay May 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Spas

3
nights
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: Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Safaris, &more) and Kataragama (Kiri Vehera & Kataragama Temple). Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Yala National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In May, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Kataragama
Find places to stay May 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park online trip builder.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park. In May, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

2
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.
On the 25th (Mon), make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary builder app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay May 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, and make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura attractions planning site.

Drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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