60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 7 nights
2
Ella
— 7 nights
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
4
Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
5
Mirissa
— 7 nights
6
Kandy
— 8 nights
7
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
8
Sigiriya
— 7 nights

7
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
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 Borella All Saints Church. Relax by the water at Mount Lavinia Beach and Negombo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (LUV SL Negombo, DIANA Souvenirs, &more), Murugan Temple (in Chilaw) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, stroll around Galle Face Green, and stroll through Beddegana Wetland Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo online trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Manchester in December; daily highs in Colombo reach °C and lows reach °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

Side Trips

Negombo, Murugan Temple, Beddegana Wetland Park, Panadura Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

7
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya and Mahamevnawa Monastery. Visit Dhowa Rock Temple and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Bogoda Wooden Bridge (in Badulla), Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Dambatenne Tea Factory, &more) and St Anthony's Church (in Bandarawela). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Diyaluma Falls, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ella tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haputale, Badulla, St Anthony's Church, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya
Mahamevnawa Monastery ©
Mahamevnawa Monastery

7
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.
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 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, and admire the sheer force of Devon Falls.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya journey maker app.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kotmale Dam
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

7
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
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 Bentota Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Galle (Embark, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, &more), Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Mihiripenna Beach) 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 Sea Turtle Protection Association, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa itinerary planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda, Bentota, Unawatuna, Beruwala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

7
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Dondra Head Lighthouse and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Relax by the water at Mirissa Beach and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Venture out of the city with trips to Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara), Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella) and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Weligama Beach.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mirissa road trip planning app.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Kahandamodara Beach, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Hummanaya Blow Hole
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

8
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.
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). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, take in the awesome beauty at Hanthana Mountain Range, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Kandy by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range
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

7
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruwanwelisaya and Isinbassagala. Change things up with a short trip to Hatthikuchchi Viharaya in Mahagalkadawala (about 1h 25 min away). There's still lots to do: stroll through Wilpattu National Park, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura travel route planner.

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Hatthikuchchi Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

7
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.
Visit Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Vatadage for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and kaludiya Pokuna. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana), Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Gal Vihara). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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