32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Manchester
Fly + Taxi:  19 h 45 min
1
Galle
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Habarana
— 6 nights
Drive + 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.
Get some cultural insight at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary builder tool.

Manchester, UK to Galle is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. 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, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Sea Turtle Protection Association
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kandy Garrison Cemetery 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 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy vacation maker website.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Scuba & Snorkeling
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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 Dagoba of Thuparama. Explore hidden gems such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura holiday maker app.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive 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

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.
Jaffna Fort and Nallur Kovil are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Naguleswaram 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: explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, 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 Parks

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

4
nights
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 Trincomalee War Cemetery and Saint Mary's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and Hoods Tower Museum. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, and admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee tour itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nilaveli Beach, Girihadu Seya
Highlights from your plan
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

6
nights
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 Polonnaruwa Vatadage will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa, Lankathilaka Image House, &more) 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, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find ratings, more things to do, 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 Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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