19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rekawa
— 2 nights
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
3
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
6
Jaffna
— 1 night
7
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Explore hidden gems such as Kalametiya Lagoon Bird Sanctuary & Wetland Park and Tangalle Lagoon. Escape the urban bustle at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Bundala National Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Rekawa travel planner.

London, UK to Rekawa is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Traveling from London in March, things will get warmer in Rekawa: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Take a break from the city and head to Ahungalla Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Dutch Reformed Church and Mihiripenna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's more to do: look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna tour planner.

Getting from Rekawa to Unawatuna by car takes about 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Unawatuna are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Polonnaruwa. Visit Lankathilaka Image House and Lotus Pond for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Habarana (Hurulu Eco Park & Kaudulla National Park). It doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Thivanka Image House and appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Polonnaruwa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Habarana
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Thivanka Image House ©
Thivanka Image House

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kalkudah trip planner.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kalkudah in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

3
nights
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Trincomalee War Cemetery and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, make a trip to Fort Frederick, and kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee journey builder.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
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 22nd (Sun): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Jaffna online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

4
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Escape the urban bustle at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) and Eth Pokuna. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Vessagiriya Ruins, and snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura online route builder.

Drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll set off for home on the 26th (Thu).

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Samadhi Statue ©
Samadhi Statue

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