32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation planner
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Fly
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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 Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dutch Reformed Church and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Kosgoda (Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center & Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

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 Udawattekele Sanctuary. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). 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 Dagoba of Thuparama. Explore hidden gems such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. The adventure continues: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, and don't miss a visit to Mihintale.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, taxi, and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to catch the 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 Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple 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 Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, 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.
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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 Saint Mary's Cathedral. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trincomalee War Cemetery and Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. 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: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa & Gal Vihara). 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: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

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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