60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  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
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mirissa
— 7 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  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
Fly:  17​h
End: Manchester

7
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Visit Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church for their historical value. Colombo National Museum and National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach, LUV SL Negombo, & more), Murugan Temple (in Chilaw) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, stroll through Galle Face Green, admire the striking features of Colombo Municipal Council, and tee off at Royal Colombo Golf Club.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo online tour builder .

Manchester, UK to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, expect Colombo to be much warmer, temps between 36°C and 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Beddegana Wetland Park, Murugan Temple, Panadura Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Anthony's Church (in Bandarawela), Badulla (Bogoda Bridge, Dhowa Rock Temple, & more) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Dambatenne Tea Factory, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ella trip builder website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Haputale, Badulla, Anthony's Church, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Kotmale Dam (in Kotmale), Ramboda Falls (in Ramboda) and Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, take a peaceful walk through Galway's Land National Park, and admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kotmale Dam, Horton Plains National Park
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church
Galway's Land National Park ©
Galway's Land National Park

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 cultural insight at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. You'll get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Beruwala Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Unawatuna (Unawatuna Beach & Mihiripenna Beach), Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Kosgoda Turtle Care, & more) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and look for gifts at Embark.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In December, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

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

7
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Relax by the water at Mirissa Beach and Amanwella Silent Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Matara Beach (in Matara), Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara) and Blow Hole Hummanaya (in Dikwella). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, stroll through Weligama Beach, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mirissa, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 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, Kahandamodara Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Kalametiya Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©

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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Knuckles Forest Reserve. Royal Palace of Kandy and Kandy Garrison Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range, and don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Kegalle, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mihintale and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Hatthikuchchi Viharaya in Mahagalkadawala--about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 28th (Mon) exploring nature at Wilpattu National Park. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Lovamahapaya, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 Nature

Side Trip

Hatthikuchchi Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba ©
Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba
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.
Get some cultural insight at Sigiriya World Heritage Site and Golden Cave Temple. Get some historical perspective at Polonnaruwa and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Atadage), Dambulla (Kaludiya Pokuna & The Golden Temple) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Hurulu Eco Park, & more). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden.

For photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Karu Arts & Crafts
Find places to stay Jan 29 — Feb 5:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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