25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Taxi:  17 h
1
Bentota
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Kandy
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Get some cultural insight at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ahungalla Beach. Explore Bentota's surroundings by going to Galle (Nature & Wildlife Tours & Sea Turtle Farm), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Bentota travel route planner .

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Bentota is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Bentota due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in July, expect nights in Bentota to be much hotter, around 31°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Community Tsunami Museum
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage, then identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari, and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park online vacation planner .

You can drive from Bentota to Uda Walawe National Park in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. July in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): tour the water at your own pace with Sail Lanka Charter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasikudah Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach. On your second day here, enjoy the sea views from Batticaloa Lighthouse, stroll through Kallady Beach, steep yourself in history at Batticaloa Fort, then take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, and finally don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park.

For where to stay and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Kalkudah in 6.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Arisimale Beach. When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately 50 minutes away. There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple and explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee itinerary maker website .

Drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Get outdoors at Kayts Causeway and Casuarina Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Nallur Kovil and Kantharodai Viharaya. Change things up with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar (about 58 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Golden Temple of Dambulla and Ritigala Forest Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Get outdoors at Dhilip De Alwis and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Habarana and see Dambulla Cave Temple, which is approximately 30 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura attractions planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Escape the urban bustle at Minneriya National Park and Safaris. Do some cultural sightseeing at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and King’s Council Chamber. Take a break from Polonnaruwa with a short trip to Fernando Adventure Safaries in Habarana, about 1 hour away. The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Atadage, and make a trip to Gal Vihara.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa tour itinerary app .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

4
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Hindagala Temple.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kandy journey planner .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Scuba & Snorkeling, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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