41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Galle
— 6 nights
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Kandy
— 6 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
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Jaffna
— 4 nights
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
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Habarana
— 4 nights
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Nuwara Eliya
— 5 nights
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Colombo
— 5 nights

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Popular historic sites such as Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Fort Clock Tower are in your itinerary. We've included these beaches for you: Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Mirissa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa (Tea Zone & Community Tsunami Museum), Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, stop by Lihiniya Gems, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Galle itinerary website.

Bengaluru, India to Galle is an approximately 7-hour flight. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Bengaluru in December, with highs in Galle at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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6
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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Visiting Udawattekele Sanctuary and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple). And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip tool.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Side Trips

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5
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, and delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura itinerary planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
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Must see
Ruwanwelisaya
4.6
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Nature / Park
Wilpattu National Park
3.8

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.
Do your shopping at Jaffna Market and Cargills Square. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nallur Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kayts Causeway, and kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Jaffna online vacation maker.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trip

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Must see
Nallur Kovil
4.5

4
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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.
Koneswaram Temple and Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, and admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

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You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
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Must see
Koneswaram Temple
4.4
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.1

4
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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.
Sigiriya Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Minneriya National Park and Dhilip De Alwis. Get out of town with these interesting Habarana side-trips: Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura), Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula) and Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Habarana trip builder site.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

5
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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Get some cultural insight at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple and Holy Trinity Church. Take a break from the city and head to Baker's Falls and Kande-ela Reservoir. Take a break from Nuwara Eliya with a short trip to R. M. S Antique And Brassware in Ella, about 1h 50 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, deepen your understanding of the past and present with Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planning tool.

You can drive from Habarana to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature · Parks · Tours · Shopping

Side Trips

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Waterfall
Baker's Falls
4.2
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Religious Site
Sita Temple
3.7

5
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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Head to Barefoot and Stone 'N' Stringfor some retail therapy. Kalutara Bodhiya and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa (in Hikkaduwa), Negombo (Muthurajawela Marsh, Negombo Beach, &more) and Kalutara (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Holy Cross Church Kalutara). There's more to do: stop by Laksala and walk around Beddegana Wetland Park.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In January, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Religious Site
Kalutara Bodhiya
4.6
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Barefoot
4.3

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