24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Rekawa
— 1 night
2
Galle
— 4 nights
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
5
Jaffna
— 3 nights
6
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
7
Kandy
— 5 nights

1
night
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 (Wed): view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, thencontemplate the long history of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and then enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse. On your second day here, stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Rekawa trip tool.

Sydney, Australia to Rekawa is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Sydney to Rekawa. Traveling from Sydney in January, you will find days in Rekawa are a bit warmer (°C), and nights are about the same (°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Kahandamodara Beach
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Relax by the water at Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Dara Gems & Jewellery (in Moragalla), Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). The adventure continues: look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Galle road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Galle takes 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Dara Gems & Jewellery, Sea Turtle Protection Association
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Take a break from the city and head to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Hurulu Eco Park. Sigiriya and Ritigala Forest Monastery will appeal to history buffs. When in Habarana, make a side trip to see Karu Arts & Crafts in Naula, approximately Naula away. Spend the 29th (Tue) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Habarana travel app.

You can fly from Galle to Habarana in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nilaveli Beach and Uppuveli. Visit Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple for their historical value. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Trincomalee Beach, and tee off at Eagles' Golf Links.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Trincomalee sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

3
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.
Jaffna Fort and Nagadipa Purana Vihara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Casuarina Beach and Seven Wells Beach. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, hunt for treasures at Jaffna Market, browse the different shops at Cargills Square, and appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jaffna journey app.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenmake a trip to Isinbassagala, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), thenpause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Samadhi Statue ©
Samadhi Statue

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary. For shopping fun, head to Jayamali Batiks Studio or Sriya & Daya Curio Shop. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture (in Handessa), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, and don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kandy online tour itinerary maker.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Suriyakantha Centre for Art & Culture, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Scuba & Snorkeling, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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

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