45 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

45 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka tour planner
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Colombo
— 5 nights
Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Nuwara Eliya
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Nuwara Eliya
— 6 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 5 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 6 nights
Fly
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Galle
— 6 nights
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Colombo — 5 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 Sri Lanka Air Force Museum (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia), Diyasaru Park (in Sri Jayawardenepura) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, and stop by Urban Island.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In June, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Nuwara Eliya.
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Find places to stay Jun 2 — 7:

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Ramboda (Blue Field Tea Factory, Devathura Falls, &more) and Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail (in Ohiya). The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and admire the sheer force of Kolapathana Falls.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online holiday planner.

Getting from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.
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Find places to stay Jun 7 — 13:

Ella — 5 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: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Tissamaharama (Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.
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Find places to stay Jun 13 — 18:

Arugam Bay — 3 nights

Arugam Bay is known for adventure, nature, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, enjoy the sand and surf at Arugam Bay, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay day trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.
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Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:

Polonnaruwa — 5 nights

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil (in Trincomalee) and Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Buddha Statue, contemplate the long history of Dalada Maluwa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Giritale Lake.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa travel route builder site.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.
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Find places to stay Jun 21 — 26:

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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and browse for treasures at Sigiri Art Gallery.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya online holiday planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Jun 26 — 29:

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.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, sightseeing, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mihintale, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.
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Find places to stay Jun 29 — Jul 4:

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Polgahawela (in Polgahawela), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, tee off at RB Tours Srilanka, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Galle.
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Find places to stay Jul 4 — 10:

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 Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Mirissa Beach, &more), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Hikkaduwa (Saffron Robes, Hikkaduwa Beach, &more). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, revel in the low prices at Tea House, and have fun at Sithma Gems & Jewellery.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip app.

Fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.
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Find places to stay Jul 10 — 16:

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.