57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

57 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 7 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Nuwara Eliya
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Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
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Kandy
— 6 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 6 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
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Ella
— 6 nights
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Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
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Unawatuna
— 7 nights
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Colombo — 7 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Waikkal (Pio Ayurveda Center & Tiffany lanka gem) and Negombo (Off-Road Tours & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). Spend the 28th (Tue) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Make the 30th (Thu) a memorable day with a climbing tour. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo road trip planning site.

Paris, France to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. While traveling from Paris, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 6 nights

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: Devathura Falls (in Ramboda), Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls, get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and identify plant and animal life at Waterfall Tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.
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Kandy — 6 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: Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, identify plant and animal life at Pearly Gates Lanka, and stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandy road trip planning website.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 5 nights

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.
Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa--about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Mihintale, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Sigiriya.
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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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Dambulla (Safaris & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 21st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and look for gifts at Rawana Spice & Herbal Garden.

For photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.
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Trincomalee — 6 nights

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Step out of Trincomalee with an excursion to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli--about 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: meet some fierce fish with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee vacation builder site.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 5 nights

Spend the 31st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Arugam Bay fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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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.
Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, enjoy some diversion at Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella, trek along Nature Trail Ella, and browse the handmade items at Dee Tattoo Studio Ella.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella vacation builder site.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can drive to Tissamaharama.
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Tissamaharama — 4 nights

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Step out of Tissamaharama with an excursion to Udawalawe National Park in Udawalawe National Park--about 1h 45 min away. Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. Spend the 13th (Sat) exploring nature at Bundala birds paradise. The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Tissamaharama trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ella to Tissamaharama by car takes about 2 hours. In August in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.
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Unawatuna — 7 nights

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and visit Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna travel planner.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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