19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Galle
— 5 nights
Fly
2
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Train
3
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive
6
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
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Galle — 5 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ahungalla Beach and Beruwala Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and stop by Cara Jewellers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Galle online trip planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Galle is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also fly. The time zone difference moving from Gulf Standard Time (GST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 1.5 hours. Traveling from Dubai in September, things will get little chillier in Galle: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Jaffna.
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Jaffna — 2 nights

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Galle to Jaffna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can catch the train to Anuradhapura.
Historic Sites

Anuradhapura — 3 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Isurumuniya Temple and Ruwanwelisaya. There's more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura visit site.

Traveling by train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Trincomalee.
Historic Sites

Trincomalee — 3 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.
Visit Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple for their historical value. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nilaveli Beach and Shaktipeeth Shri Shankari Devi Temple. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Trincomalee day trip app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can go by car to Kalkudah.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
Side Trip

Kalkudah — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip site.

Getting from Trincomalee to Kalkudah by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Polonnaruwa.
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Polonnaruwa — 4 nights

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Gal Potha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: Habarana (Kaudulla National Park & Safaris). It doesn't end there: pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly back home.
Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature · Parks
Side Trip

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.