60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip maker
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Galle
— 6 nights
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Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 6 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo
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Colombo
— 7 nights
Train to Habarana, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 7 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
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Kandy
— 8 nights
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Galle — 6 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach, Tsunami Honganji Vihara, &more), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, and browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galle online trip itinerary planner.

London, UK to Galle is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Galle is 5.5 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Galle, with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Tissamaharama: Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching (in Kalametiya) and Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park). Spend the 10th (Wed) exploring nature at Bundala birds paradise. The adventure continues: take an exotic tour of a safari tour, contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama trip maker website.

You can drive from Galle to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.
Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Arugam Bay — 5 nights

Spend the 11th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews and tourist information, read Arugam Bay road trip app.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Arugam Bay in 3.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda), Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Jaye Wannakumudiyanselage top tour sri lanka (in Bandarawela). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, stop by Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella travel website.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the dramatic scenery at Bambarakanda Falls, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya visit planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colombo.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Negombo) and Pio Ayurveda Center (in Waikkal). Spend the 29th (Mon) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Make the 2nd (Fri) a memorable day with a climbing tour. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip planning website.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to travel 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 Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Safaris (in Habarana), Dambulla (Ederagala Wana Senasuna & Golden Temple of Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 7th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya day trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by combination of train and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.
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Trincomalee — 7 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 to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Lanka Pattuna, and take in the waterfront at Trincomalee Harbour.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 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 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 6 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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

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Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kandy.
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). Spend the 25th (Sun) on the rails with a train tour. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, get your bearings at Buddhist Publication Society, and stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. You'll set off for home on the 28th (Wed).
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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.