60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

60 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner

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Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Colombo
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Colombo
— 7 nights
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Galle
— 7 nights
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Tissamaharama
— 6 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
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Ella
— 7 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 7 nights
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Kandy
— 7 nights
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Nilaveli
— 3 nights
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Habarana
— 4 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 6 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.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Waikkal (ASDA Gem & Jewellery, Pio Ayurveda Center, &more) and Negombo (Negombo Beach, Canyoning & Rappelling Tours, &more). Spend the 3rd (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour, admire the masterpieces at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, and take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip itinerary planner.

Brize Norton, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Brize Norton to Colombo. While traveling from Brize Norton, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 8:

Galle

— 7 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). And it doesn't end there: delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, admire the artistry at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 8 — 15:

Tissamaharama

— 6 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Tissamaharama side-trips: Bundala National Park (in Weligatta), Udawalawe Trails (in Udawalawa) and Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park). Spend the 19th (Tue) exploring nature at Bundala birds paradise. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, get a dose of the wild on Kamal Safari Bundala Park, make a trip to Kirinda Viharaya, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tissamaharama online day trip planner.

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. July in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 15 — 21:

Arugam Bay

— 5 nights
Spend the 22nd (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay road trip tool.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Arugam Bay in 3.5 hours. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Nature
Find places to stay Jul 21 — 26:

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Lanka Ella (in Beragala). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, trek along Mini Adams Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Ella travel app.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 26 — Aug 2:

Nuwara Eliya

— 7 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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Bambarakanda Falls (in Kalupahana), Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Ohiya (Kirigalpotta, Devil's Staircase, &more). And it doesn't end there: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, take in the dramatic scenery at Devathura Falls, and look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya vacation planner.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 2 — 9:

Kandy

— 7 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, trek along Chariot Path Kandy, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kandy route planning tool.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 9 — 16:

Nilaveli

— 3 nights
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Spend the 18th (Thu) exploring nature at Pigeon Island National Park. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nilaveli trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nilaveli in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 19:

Habarana

— 4 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Spend the 21st (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Hurulu Eco Park, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and view the masterpieces at Pethikada.

For maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Habarana trip maker website.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Habarana in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 23:

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.
Change things up with a short trip to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress in Yapahuwa (about 1h 30 min away). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 23 — 29:

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.