26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Negombo
— 1 day
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
4
Mannar
— 1 night
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
7
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
8
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
9
Kandy
— 2 nights
10
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
11
Ella
— 2 nights
12
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
13
Galle
— 2 nights
14
Bentota
— 2 nights
15
Colombo
— 2 nights

1
day
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Negombo road trip planning app.

Colombo to Negombo is an approximately 1-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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 2nd (Sun): make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple and then contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, thendon't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura tour itinerary website.

You can drive from Negombo to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, thenview the masterpieces at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kandaswamy Temple.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaffna vacation maker app.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mannar.

Things to do in Jaffna

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

1
night
Mannar

Mannar ©
Mannar, formerly spelled Manar, is a large town and the main town of Mannar District, Northern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Mannar Bird Sanctuary, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Thiruketheeswaram Kovil, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Donkey Clinic and Education Center.

Ask Inspirock to suggest an itinerary and make planning a trip to Mannar fast, fun, and easy.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Mannar takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Mannar

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Thiruketheeswaram Kovil ©
Thiruketheeswaram 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.
On the 7th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and then take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Mannar to Trincomalee by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 10th (Mon), make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, thensteep yourself in history at Gal Potha, and then pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Drive from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana

2
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 11th (Tue), take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Habarana
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Safaris
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

2
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.
On the 13th (Thu), make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, thenbrowse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, thendon't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple, and finally take in panoramic vistas at Dawson Tower. On the next day, make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy travel planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dawson Tower
Highlights from your plan
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Lankatilaka Temple ©
Lankatilaka Temple
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, relax in the rural setting at Damro Labookellie Tea Centre and Tea Garden, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from Shanthipura View Point, admire the sheer force of Devon Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya online trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
Highlights from your plan
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
St Clair's Falls ©
St Clair's Falls
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Dunhinda Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dhowa Rock Temple, thendon't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, and finally savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenstop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Badulla
Highlights from your plan
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop
Dunhinda Falls ©
Dunhinda Falls

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala. On the next day, explore the activities along Tissa Wewa and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park road trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Tissamaharama
Highlights from your plan
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, thenlook for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, and then make a trip to Bodhi Temple. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, thensee the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip website.

Getting from Yala National Park to Galle by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. In August, daily temperatures in Galle can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Tours Museums

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

2
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 23rd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kowilawatta Temple, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, thenstroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 24th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Bentota Bazaar, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya, thenstop by Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Bentota online trip builder.

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bentota are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Kande Viharaya Temple, Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Kowilawatta Temple, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Kalutara Bodhiya
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, thenappreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and finally stop by Vogue Jewellers.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Walking tours
Vogue Jewellers ©
Vogue Jewellers

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