60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16 h
1
Colombo
— 7 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
4
Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Mirissa
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Kandy
— 8 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Sigiriya
— 7 nights
Taxi + Fly:  17 h
End: Manchester

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), Panadura Beach (in Panadura) and Murugan Temple (in Chilaw). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, walk around Galle Face Green, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Beddegana Wetland Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary maker app.

Manchester, UK to Colombo is an approximately 16- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and 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 travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Negombo, Beddegana Wetland Park, Panadura Beach, Murugan Temple
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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 Dhowa Rock Temple. Visit Mahamevnawa Monastery and St Anthony's Church for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda), Bogoda Wooden Bridge (in Badulla) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Dambatenne Tea Factory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. 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

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 Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple. Holy Trinity Church and St. Xavier's 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 experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, 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 travel 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 Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Galle (Embark, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, &more) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Mihiripenna Beach). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda, Unawatuna, Bentota, 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 Kalametiya Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella), Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa) and Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara). 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 find maps, reviews, photos, 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 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°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, Hummanaya Blow Hole, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Kalametiya Beach
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 Udawattekele Sanctuary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation), Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). 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 other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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, Knuckles Mountain Range, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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 Ranmasu Uyana. Change things up with a short trip to Hatthikuchchi Viharaya in Mahagalkadawala (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Wilpattu National Park, make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and contemplate the long history of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive 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 for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Gal Vihara (in Polonnaruwa), Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana) and Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, stroll through Hurulu Eco Park, contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, and look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, 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

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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