32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation planner
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Galle
— 4 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 5 nights
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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 Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dutch Reformed Church and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Galle travel route planner.

Manchester, UK to Galle is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from Manchester to Galle. 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 Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Kandy road trip tool.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough 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 Stupa and The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, 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.
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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 Kantharodai Viharaya are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Jaffna Fort 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: take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and browse the exhibits of Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Jaffna road trip planning site.

Take a train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.
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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 Velgam Vehera. 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 Lankathilaka Image House. Sigiriya Fortress and Polonnaruwa Vatadage will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Gal Vihara) 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. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana visit planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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