22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
2
Kalametiya
— 3 nights
3
Galle
— 4 nights
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
6
Jaffna
— 2 nights
7
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park day trip website.

Warsaw, Poland to Udawalawe National Park is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Warsaw in October; daily highs in Udawalawe National Park reach 38°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Take a break from the city and head to Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle and Mawella Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Tangalle Lighthouse.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kalametiya trip planner.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Kalametiya are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kahandamodara Beach
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Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle ©
Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

4
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get a sense of the local culture at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. You'll get in some beach time at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read our Galle driving holiday website.

Traveling by car from Kalametiya to Galle takes 2.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jayamali Batiks Studio and Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 20 min away). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planning app.

Getting from Galle to Kandy by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
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 1st (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee travel route planner.

Getting from Kandy to Trincomalee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil and then browse the different shops at Cargills Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaffna visit planner.

You can 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 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

5
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isurumuniya Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get some historical perspective at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Ruwanwelisaya. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Sigiriya (Pethikada, Sigiriya, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, and explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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