60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Puttalam
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Mannar
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Jaffna
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Kilinochchi
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Anuradhapura
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Trincomalee
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Dambulla
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Sigiriya
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Batticaloa
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Arugam Bay
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Kataragama
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Tissamaharama
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Mirissa
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Hikkaduwa
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Galle
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Ella
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Badulla
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Nuwara Eliya
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Hatton
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Kandy
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Matale
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Colombo
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Puttalam — 1 night

Puttalam is a large town in Puttalam District, North Western Province, Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anne's National Shrine.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Puttalam trip itinerary website.

Negombo to Puttalam is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mannar.
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Mannar — 1 night

Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannar Bird Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mannar day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Puttalam to Mannar in 2.5 hours. On the 11th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Jaffna.
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Jaffna — 8 nights

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Head to Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram and Jaffna Marketfor some retail therapy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nallur Kovil and Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, and take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna online road trip planner.

Getting from Mannar to Jaffna by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 19th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kilinochchi.
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Kilinochchi — 1 night

Kilinochchi is the main town of Kilinochchi District, Northern Province of Sri Lanka. On the 20th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Kilinochchi War Memorial and then don't miss a visit to Killinochchi War Memorial Monument.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Kilinochchi online attractions planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Kilinochchi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 3 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.
Visit Ruwanwelisaya and Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ranmasu Uyana and Lankarama Sthupa. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura attractions planner.

You can drive from Kilinochchi to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.
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Trincomalee — 8 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.
Visit Arisimale Beach and Trincomalee Beach for some beach relaxation. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Koneswaram Temple and Shaktipeeth Shri Shankari Devi Temple. There's still lots to do: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum, tee off at Eagles' Golf Links, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee sightseeing website.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Dambulla.
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Dambulla — 2 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and then steep yourself in history at Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Dambulla in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. On the 2nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sigiriya.
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Sigiriya — 3 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.
On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Off-Road Tours, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Planning Sigiriya trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Batticaloa.
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Batticaloa — 2 nights

Batticaloa is a major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Batticaloa Eco Park. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Batticaloa trip planning website.

Getting from Sigiriya to Batticaloa by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then kick back and relax at Arugam Bay. Keep things going the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Batticaloa to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Kataragama.
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Kataragama — 2 nights

Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. On the 9th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

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

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Kataragama takes 3 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kataragama can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Tissamaharama.
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Tissamaharama — 3 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Tissa Wewa and Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara. Get outdoors at Safaris and Kamal Safari Bundala Park.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama holiday maker site.

Tissamaharama is just a stone's throw from Kataragama. In February, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can fly to Mirissa.
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Mirissa — 2 nights

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, don't miss a visit to Dondra Head Lighthouse, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach. On the 15th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa day trip planning tool.

Getting from Tissamaharama to Mirissa by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In February, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.
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Hikkaduwa — 3 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.
Get outdoors at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Hikkaduwa Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsunami Photo Museum and Spas. Step out of Hikkaduwa with an excursion to Sea Turtle Protection Association in Bentota--about 46 minutes away. There's more to do: tour in style with a train tour and stroll through Narigama Beach.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa travel route builder app.

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. February in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galle.
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Galle — 4 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya. Spend the 22nd (Wed) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Sooriya Weaving and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Galle online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 2 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.
On the 23rd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): cast your line with Jaye Wannakumudiyanselage top tour sri lanka and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Galle to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Badulla.
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Badulla — 2 nights

Badulla is the main city of Uva Province situated in the lower central hills of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at St Mark’s Church.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Badulla itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Badulla in an hour. On the 26th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 2 nights

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): tee off at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course and then surround yourself with nature on Waterfall Tours. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Badulla to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hatton.
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Hatton — 2 nights

Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church Warleigh. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Castlereagh Reservoir.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hatton trip maker.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Hatton in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 3 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kandy Garrison Cemetery and World Buddhist Museum. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy online day trip planner.

Getting from Hatton to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Matale.
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Matale — 2 nights

A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Muthumariamman Temple.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Matale trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Matale in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In March in Matale, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colombo.
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Colombo — 2 nights

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 8th (Wed), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum and then make a trip to Kalutara Bodhiya. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip maker tool.

You can drive from Matale to Colombo in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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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