59 days in Sri Lanka, Kyoto & Banff National Park Itinerary

59 days in Sri Lanka, Kyoto & Banff National Park Itinerary

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Start: London, United Kingdom
Fly:  13 h
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 6 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
7
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 8 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
8
Kyoto, Japan
— 12 nights
Fly + Bus:  19 h 30 min
9
Banff National Park, Canada
— 12 nights
+2
Bus + Shuttle + Fly:  15 h
End: London, United Kingdom

5
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

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), Dawson Tower (in Kadugannawa) and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy attractions planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Kandy is 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Dawson Tower, Elephant Freedom Project, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

6
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Coconut Tree Hill, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, have fun at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Galle online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. January in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Nandana Tea Factory
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

4
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Anuradhapura (Vessagiri, Mihintale, &more), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla trip itinerary maker app.

Fly from Galle to Dambulla in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka

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.
On the 18th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary website.

Traveling by flight from Dambulla to Udawalawe National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

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

5
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

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 Ella's surroundings by going to Tissamaharama (Safaris & Nature & Wildlife Tours), Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Dhowa Rock Temple, Horton Plains National Park, Kiri Vehera, Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail
Highlights from your plan
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, explore the activities along Arugam Bay, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay day trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

8
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka (in Ragama), Negombo (St. Anne's Church, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, tee off at MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Colombo by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. January in Colombo sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Kyoto.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, Bentota Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

12
nights
Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto ©
The national capital for over a thousand years, Kyoto retains much of the charm of old Japan, boasting numerous temples and shrines that seem completely untouched by the modern world.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kyoto: Osaka (Universal Studios Japan, Imperial Hotel Plaza Osaka, &more), Himeji (Koko-en, Himeji Castle, &more) and Japanese Garden (in Suita). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sanjusangendo Temple, step into the grandiose world of Osaka Castle, and don't miss a visit to Nijo Castle.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kyoto trip itinerary site.

You can fly from Colombo to Kyoto in 15 hours. Traveling from Colombo to Kyoto, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Colombo in February: high temperatures in Kyoto hover around 11°C and lows are around 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Banff National Park.

Things to do in Kyoto

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Osaka, Ise, Nara, Himeji, Japanese Garden
Highlights from your plan
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine ©
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine
Kiyomizu-dera Temple ©
Kiyomizu-dera Temple
Kinkaku-ji ©
Kinkaku-ji

12
nights
Banff National Park, Canada

Banff National Park ©
Among the world's oldest national parks, Banff National Park serves as a World Heritage-listed mecca for cyclists, hikers, skiers, bird-watchers, mountain climbers, and anyone else with a passion for exploring vast untouched wildernesses.
Change things up with these side-trips from Banff National Park: Yoho National Park (Iceline Trail, Burgess Shale, &more) and Canmore (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Wild Life Distillery). There's much more to do: hit the slopes at The Lake Louise Ski Resort, get to know the fascinating history of Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, gain insight at Buffalo Nations Luxton Museum, and steep yourself in history at Cave and Basin National Historic Site.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Banff National Park attractions planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Kyoto to Banff National Park in 20 hours. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Kyoto to Banff National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Kyoto in February; daily highs in Banff National Park reach -5°C and lows reach -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Banff National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Yoho National Park, Canmore
Highlights from your plan
The Lake Louise Ski Resort ©
The Lake Louise Ski Resort
 Sunshine Village ©
Sunshine Village
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise ©
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

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