32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Galle
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive
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Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive
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Habarana
— 6 nights
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Galle

— 4 nights
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 Dutch Reformed Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galle holiday planner.

Manchester, UK to Galle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Traveling from Manchester in December, things will get much warmer in Galle: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kandy

— 5 nights
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 Royal Palace of Kandy. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy War Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

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

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 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 · Tours

Side Trips

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Isurumuniya Temple and Dagoba of Thuparama. Explore hidden gems such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Samadhi Statue. The adventure continues: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Jaffna

— 4 nights
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 Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple for their historical value. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 56 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Jaffna trip planning site.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: 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 · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trip

Trincomalee

— 4 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.
Get some cultural insight at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and Nilaveli Beach. 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

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana

— 6 nights
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 Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Hurulu Eco Park. Sigiriya Fortress and Lankathilaka Image House will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Gal Vihara), Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). 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 · Wildlife

Side Trips

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.