58 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

58 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

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Colombo
— 6 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 6 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 6 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Fly
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 6 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
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Galle
— 7 nights
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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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). Spend the 19th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's lots more to do: walk around Galle Face Green, head outdoors with Scan Alpine Outdoor Solutions, stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach.

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Toronto, Canada to Colombo is an approximately 21-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Colombo is 10.5 hours. When traveling from Toronto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 16 — 22:

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Spend the 28th (Tue) on the rails with a train tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To find out how to plan a trip to Kandy, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Colombo to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Tours · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 22 — 28:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa (about 1h 30 min away). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 28 — Oct 3:

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 to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, make a trip to Wilgam Rajamaha Viharaya, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee tour planning tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 9:

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Dambulla (Popham's Arboretum & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 12th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya tour planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 9 — 12:

Polonnaruwa

— 5 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step out of Polonnaruwa to go to Kalkudah and see Passikudah Beach, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. Spend the 14th (Thu) exploring nature at Wasgamuwa National Park. There's much more to do: pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hatadage, and contemplate the waterfront views at Giritale Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 17:

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
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 18th (Mon), stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip maker.

Fly from Polonnaruwa to Udawalawe National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of train and taxi. In October in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 18:
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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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Off-Road Tours (in Tissamaharama) and Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, enjoy some diversion at Iman’s Tattoo & Piercing Studio in Ella, and take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Classes · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 18 — 24:

Arugam Bay

— 5 nights
Spend the 26th (Tue) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip builder website.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 29:

Nuwara Eliya

— 6 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nuwara Eliya: Devil's Staircase (in Ohiya), Devathura Falls (in Ramboda) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Aberdeen Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya journey builder app.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya in 3.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 4:

Galle

— 7 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Made In Ceylon, have fun at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. You'll set off for home on the 11th (Thu).

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 11:

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.