53 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

53 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 7 nights
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Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
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Mirissa
— 7 nights
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Kalametiya
— 4 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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Ella
— 6 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
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Kandy
— 12 nights
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Colombo

— 7 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia), Waikkal (See Lanka Travels & Pio Ayurveda Center) and Negombo (Rukmani Devi Park, Safaris, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Vishwa Tharu Spice and Ayurveda Herbal Shop, stroll around Galle Face Green, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colombo sightseeing planning tool.

The Route module shows you all the different ways you can get to Colombo. In February, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa

— 7 nights
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hikkaduwa Beach, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Colombo to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa

— 7 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Venture out of the city with trips to Talalla Beach (in Talalla), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Ahangama (Kathaluwa Old Temple, Handunugoda Tea Estate, &more). There's lots more to do: stroll through Mirissa Beach, kick back and relax at Matara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa travel route planner.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa by car takes about 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kalametiya

— 4 nights
Kalametiya is known for wildlife, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get outside with Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, kick back and relax at Marakolliya Beach, stroll through Mawella Bird Sanctuary Bird Watching, and relax and rejuvenate at Eden Reverie Spa and Cabanas.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kalametiya route builder tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Kalametiya by car takes about 2 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park

— 2 nights
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 5th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Visit Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Kalametiya to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. March in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 6 nights
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: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Sita Temple, &more) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ella tour itinerary planning site.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arugam Bay

— 4 nights
When in Arugam Bay, make a side trip to see Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing in Ampara, approximately Ampara away.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip builder site.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Kandy

— 12 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Nelligala International Buddhist Center (in Murutalawa), Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture (in Handessa) and Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planning tool.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kandy in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla (about 1h 5 min away). Spend the 31st (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, explore the galleries of Pethikada, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya online trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.