60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner
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Colombo
— 7 nights
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Ella
— 7 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
Taxi to Hatton, Fly to Hikkaduwa
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Hikkaduwa
— 7 nights
Drive
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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
— 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church. Relax by the water at Mount Lavinia Beach and Panadura Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (Negombo Beach, LUV SL Negombo, &more) and Murugan Temple (in Chilaw). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, look for gifts at Barefoot, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary maker app.

Manchester, UK to Colombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. 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.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping
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Ella — 7 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Muthiyangana Raja Maha Viharaya and St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham. Visit Mahamevnawa Monastery and St Anthony's Church for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda), Badulla (Bogoda Wooden Bridge & Dhowa Rock Temple) and Haputale (Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Dambatenne Tea Factory, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, Head underground at Ravana's Cave, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.
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Nuwara Eliya — 7 nights

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 20 min away. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , 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. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.
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Side Trip

Hikkaduwa — 7 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 some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Visit Hikkaduwa Beach and Mihiripenna Beach for some beach relaxation. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna), Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Kosgoda Turtle Care, &more) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). There's much more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Narigama Beach.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Hikkaduwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.
Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Mirissa — 7 nights

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Dondra Head Lighthouse and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Mirissa Beach and Kahandamodara Beach. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Kalametiya Beach (in Kalametiya), Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella) and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa (in Habaraduwa). There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Medilla Beach, stroll through Weligama Beach, and look for gifts at Dress Palace.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mirissa trip itinerary website.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Kandy.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife
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.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery 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: Knuckles Mountain Range (in Etanwela), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip tool.

You can fly from Mirissa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.
Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites
Side Trips

Anuradhapura — 7 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mihintale and Isurumuniya Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ruwanwelisaya and Dagoba of Thuparama. Change things up with a short trip to Hatthikuchchi Viharaya in Mahagalkadawala (about 1h 20 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Wilpattu National Park, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura road trip tool.

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 up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.
Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature
Side Trip

Sigiriya — 7 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.
Visit Sigiriya Fortress and Polonnaruwa Vatadage for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Kaudulla National Park (in Habarana), Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura) and Gal Vihara (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 31st (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, and steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna.

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You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. On the 5th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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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.