60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 7 nights
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Ella
— 7 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
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Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
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Mirissa
— 7 nights
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Kandy
— 8 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
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Sigiriya
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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 National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Relax by the water at Mount Lavinia Beach and Negombo Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Murugan Temple (in Chilaw), Panadura Beach (in Panadura) and Negombo (LUV SL Negombo, DIANA Souvenirs, &more). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for gifts at Barefoot, stroll around Galle Face Green, and play a few rounds at Royal Colombo Golf Club.

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 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

Side Trips

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

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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 Benedict's Monastery - Adisham for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale & Dambatenne Tea Factory), Bogoda Wooden Bridge (in Badulla) and St Anthony's Church (in Bandarawela). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Diyaluma Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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

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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 Jungle Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Galle (Embark, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, &more) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, stroll through Beruwala Beach, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. 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) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda, Unawatuna, Bentota, Ahungalla Beach
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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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 Kahandamodara Beach (in Kahandamodara), Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella) and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa). The adventure continues: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach, stop by Dress Palace, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mawella Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Tangalle, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Kalametiya Beach, Kahandamodara Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

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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 Royal Palace of Kandy for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy Lake and Hanthana Mountain Range. 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 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 take a 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, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Mountain Range, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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

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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 Ruwanwelisaya. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Isurumuniya Temple and Ranmasu Uyana. Change things up with a short trip to Hatthikuchchi Viharaya in Mahagalkadawala (about 1h 20 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
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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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 Ritigala Forest Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula), Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa Vatadage) and Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana). 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 travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Karu Arts & Crafts, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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