45 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

45 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly:  1 h
9
Galle
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, stop by Urban Island, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

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The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In June in Colombo, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Murugan Temple, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, Diyasaru Park, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

6
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 (Blue Field Tea Factory, Devathura Falls, &more) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online holiday planner.

Getting from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ramboda, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve ©
Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Lipton’s Seat
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Safaris

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, and delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip builder app.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

5
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil (in Trincomalee) and Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Gal Potha, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa driving holiday tool.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil, Passikudah Beach
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Sath Paththini Devalaya). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sigiriya, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online holiday planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Avukana Buddha Statue, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

5
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: make a trip to Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna

6
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 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela) and Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya (in Mawanella). Spend the 10th (Fri) in the pleasant surroundings of Elephant Freedom Project. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and tee off at RB Tours Srilanka.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

6
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: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more), Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Galle online day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Tea House
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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