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
Train
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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 Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dutch Reformed Church and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center & Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

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 16.5-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 fly to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

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 Udawattekele Sanctuary. 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 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). 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 · Outdoors

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 Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Explore hidden gems such as Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and Dagoba of Thuparama. There's much more to do: appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya).

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 do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can catch the train 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 train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. 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 Koneswaram Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trincomalee War Cemetery and Saint Mary's Cathedral. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, 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 take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · 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 Ritigala Forest Monastery and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Sigiriya Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa, Lankathilaka Image House, &more). Spend the 2nd (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Spend the 4th (Fri) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana visit planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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.