32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  19​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
train:  3​h
4
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Habarana
— 6 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Manchester

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Dutch Reformed Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step off the beaten path and head to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Amanwella Silent Beach. 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). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Galle holiday planning tool .

Manchester, UK to Galle is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Galle is 5 hours. In December, Galle is much warmer than Manchester - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish up 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, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Dolphin & Whale Watching

5
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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Udawattekele Sanctuary and Commonwealth War Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Elephant Freedom Project & Millennium Elephant Foundation). Next up on the itinerary: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For other places to visit and tourist information, read Kandy travel tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Scuba & Snorkeling, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. Do some cultural sightseeing at Isurumuniya Temple and Dagoba of Thuparama. Spend the 19th (Wed) exploring nature at Wilpattu National Park. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and don't miss a visit to Mihintale.

For more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder app .

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

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sri Maha Boodhi Temple ©
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

4
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nallur Kovil and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya. When in Jaffna, make a side trip to see Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, approximately 58 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and pause for some serene contemplation at St Mary's Cathedral.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaffna online route builder .

You can take a train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

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

4
nights
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.
Visit Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple for their historical value. Velgam Vehera and Saint Mary's Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Arisimale Beach, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, and kick back and relax at Marble Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee vacation tool .

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Nilaveli Beach, Girihadu Seya
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

6
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Get some historical perspective at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Lankathilaka Image House. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Golden Temple and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Atadage, 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: look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park, make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Habarana vacation maker site .

Getting from Trincomalee to Habarana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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