42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

42 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka attractions planner
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Hikkaduwa
— 6 nights
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Mirissa
— 7 nights
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Ella
— 6 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 6 nights
Train to Habarana, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya
— 4 nights
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 8 nights
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Hikkaduwa — 6 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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda, Jungle Beach, &more), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Galle (Sooriya Weaving & Galle Fort). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from London in February, with highs in Hikkaduwa at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
Side Trips

Mirissa — 7 nights

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mirissa: Dondra Head Lighthouse (in Dondra), Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Viharahena). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, explore the galleries of Indika Art Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

Before you visit Mirissa, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Ella — 6 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale), Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ella journey maker site.

You can drive from Mirissa to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park — 2 nights

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 12th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Sun): stroll around Visit Udawalawe National Park and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colombo.
Nature · Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
Side Trip

Colombo — 6 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, Negombo Beach, &more). Spend the 16th (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Colombo online day trip planner.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Colombo in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and train. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can travel to Sigiriya.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
Side Trip

Sigiriya — 4 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Golden Temple of Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 23rd (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya road trip site.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
Side Trips
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Pinnawala — 2 nights

The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project and then stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela and then don't miss a visit to Siri Gautama Sambuddharaja Maligawa.

To find traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Pinnawala trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Pinnawala takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.
Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Olu Ella Falls (in Yatiyantota) and Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

Make your Kandy itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sat).
Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature
Side Trips

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.