60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

Make it your trip
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Colombo
— 7 nights
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Ella
— 7 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
Taxi to Hatton, Fly to Hikkaduwa
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Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
Drive
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Mirissa
— 7 nights
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Kandy
— 8 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
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Sigiriya
— 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church. Relax by the water at Mount Lavinia Beach and Negombo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Panadura Beach (in Panadura), Negombo (LUV SL Negombo, DIANA Souvenirs, &more) and Murugan Temple (in Chilaw). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for gifts at Barefoot, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Independence Square.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary maker app.

Manchester, UK to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Ella

— 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham. Visit Mahamevnawa Monastery and Dhowa Rock Temple for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Dambatenne Tea Factory, &more), St Anthony's Church (in Bandarawela) and Bogoda Wooden Bridge (in Badulla). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Demodara Loop, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and Head underground at Ravana's Cave.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 7 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sita Temple and St. Xavier's Church. Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple and Holy Trinity Church will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nuwara Eliya with an excursion to Kotmale Dam in Kotmale--about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, and explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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 some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Visit Hikkaduwa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association), Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna) and Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Kosgoda Turtle Care, &more). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Beruwala Beach, stop by Embark, and don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dondra Head Lighthouse and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Mirissa Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa), Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella) and Kalametiya Beach (in Kalametiya). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Medilla Beach, stroll through Weligama Beach, and look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mirissa trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kandy

— 8 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy Lake and Royal Palace of Kandy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and look for gifts at Prema Brothers.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip tool.

You can fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Anuradhapura

— 7 nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruwanwelisaya and Dagoba of Thuparama. Change things up with a short trip to Hatthikuchchi Viharaya in Mahagalkadawala (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, and explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura route planner.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya

— 7 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.
Visit Sigiriya Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Polonnaruwa and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana), Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa Vatadage) and Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and look for gifts at Lanka Silks.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the flight 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.