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
6
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 Dutch Reformed Church. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, steep yourself in history at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

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.
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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 Kandy Garrison Cemetery. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Freedom Project and Udawattekele Sanctuary. 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 War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

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.
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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 Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), and explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna).

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura holiday maker app.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Jaffna.
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 Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple for their historical value. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, 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.
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 Trincomalee War Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and Nilaveli Beach. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, 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.
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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 Hurulu Eco Park. Sigiriya Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage, 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: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find reviews, where to stay, 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.
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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.