32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Galle
— 4 nights
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Kandy
— 5 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
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Jaffna
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
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Habarana
— 6 nights

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some cultural insight at Galle Fort and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dutch Reformed Church and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary builder tool.

Manchester, UK to Galle is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5.5 hours. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Manchester in December, with highs in Galle at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Tangalle, Kosgoda, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Freedom Project and Royal Palace of Kandy. Venture out of the city with trips to Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Scuba & Snorkeling, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

6
nights
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Isurumuniya Temple and Ranmasu Uyana. Explore hidden gems such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Abhayagiri Dagaba. There's much more to do: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), and explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

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Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Nallur Kovil and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Jaffna Fort for their historical value. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, contemplate the long history of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna online holiday builder.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

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Trincomalee

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.
Get some cultural insight at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trincomalee War Cemetery and Saint Mary's Cathedral. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, and enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Girihadu Seya, Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

6
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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Hurulu Eco Park. Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Polonnaruwa, &more). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana journey planning website.

Drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Ritigala Forest Monastery
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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