20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Warsaw
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
5
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Warsaw

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 19th (Wed), look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, make a trip to Kandy view point, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thenappreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy online travel planner.

Warsaw, Poland to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Warsaw to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, thenexperience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda. On your second day here, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, thenexamine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, thenstroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna route builder.

You can fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Galle, Spas & Wellness, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), kick back and relax at Amanwella Silent Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Rekawa route planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Rekawa takes 2 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Rekawa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 25th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , thenadmire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, get great views at Shanthipura View Point, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, and finally explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip site.

Drive from Rekawa to Nuwara Eliya in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Samadhi Statue. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online trip builder.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): hike along Kayts Causeway, get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, thenget engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, admire the striking features of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, thenkick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Jaffna itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, thenstroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then stroll through Marble Beach. On the 3rd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, and finally identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee holiday builder site.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kaudulla National Park and Gal Vihara. Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Sandakada Pahana & Polonnaruwa Vatadage), Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura) and Pethikada (in Sigiriya). Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

Discover how to plan a Habarana trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Ritigala Forest Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
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