26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 3 nights
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
6
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
8
Galle
— 3 nights
9
Wadduwa
— 2 nights

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Step out of the city life by going to Kandy Lake and RB Tours Srilanka. Step off the beaten path and head to World Buddhist Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Kandy, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple and Fernando Adventure Safaries. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Arankelle Ancient Monastery. When in Dambulla, make a side trip to see Dhilip De Alwis in Habarana, approximately Habarana away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, delve into the distant past at Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, and don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla travel planner.

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at sigiri art gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, thenmake a trip to The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya, and finally explore the ancient world of Sinhagiri.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya holiday planning site.

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya ©
The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya
Sinhagiri ©
Sinhagiri

2
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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
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.
Get some cultural insight at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Eth Pokuna. Mihintale and Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Anuradhapura Stupas Scenic Point, and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

2
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Trincomalee

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 15th (Fri), stroll through Passikudah Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Batticaloa Lighthouse ©
Batticaloa Lighthouse

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Visiting Devon Falls and Galway's Land National Park will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Trinity Church and Gayathri Peedam. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Avissawella and see Mlesna Tea Castle, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, head outdoors with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya day trip website.

Drive from Kalkudah to Nuwara Eliya in 5 hours. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mlesna Tea Castle
Highlights from your plan
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls
St Clair's Falls ©
St Clair's Falls
Galway's Land National Park ©
Galway's Land National Park

3
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Madu River as well as Koggala Lake. Visit Dutch Reformed Church and Dondra Head Lighthouse for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Wadduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Koggala Lake, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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nights
Wadduwa

Wadduwa ©
Wadduwa is a town in the Western Province of, Sri Lanka.It situated in the western coast of Sri Lanka about 33 km south of Colombo. Take the guesswork out of planning a Wadduwa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Galle to Wadduwa in 2 hours. July in Wadduwa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wadduwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, River Rafting & Tubing, Panadura Beach, Sri Anjaneyar Temple
Highlights from your plan
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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