23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 3 nights
2
Habarana
— 4 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
5
Rekawa
— 2 nights
6
Galle
— 6 nights

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy War Cemetery and Udawattekele Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jayamali Batiks Studio and Mackwoods Tea Centre. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa, approximately Hikkaduwa away. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy route builder app.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mackwoods Tea Centre, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

4
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Sigiriya Museum. Visiting Kaudulla National Park and Minneriya National Park will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Karu Arts & Crafts (in Naula) and Ruwanwelisaya (in Anuradhapura). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Fernando Adventure Safaries.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Habarana online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Habarana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts, Sigiriya Museum
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

4
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 inner history buff will appreciate Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nilaveli Beach and Uppuveli. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Trincomalee sightseeing planning website.

Drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 19th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, thenstroll through Kovalam Beach, thencontemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and finally browse the different shops at Cargills Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Seven Wells Beach and then kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna route planning site.

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Jaffna

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

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.
Visit Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Kahandamodara Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of the city life by going to Bundala National Park and Amanwella Silent Beach. Step out of Rekawa to go to Udawalawe National Park and see Lakpura, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's more to do: browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Rekawa tour app.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Rekawa takes 10 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tangalle, Lakpura, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Lakpura ©
Lakpura

6
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Take a break from the city and head to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Kosgoda Turtle Care. Museum-lovers will get to explore Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Hikkaduwa (Tsunami Honganji Vihara & Galle Gem Exchange) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: stop by Orchid House, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and learn something new at Dara Gems & Jewellery.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

You can drive from Rekawa to Galle in 2 hours. In September in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Kosgoda, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Dara Gems & Jewellery
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers

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