28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Taxi to Diyawanna Oya, Fly to Kandy
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Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
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Jaffna
— 2 nights
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
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Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Fly
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalametiya
— 4 nights
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Galle
— 4 nights
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Bentota
— 3 nights
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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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Kandy War Cemetery and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Get some cultural insight at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and See Lanka Travels (in Waikkal). There's lots more to do: admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and indulge in some culinary diversions at Withlocals.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy visit planning tool.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 3-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
See Lanka Travels ©
Must see
See Lanka Travels
5.0

3
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Golden Temple of Dambulla. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Isurumuniya Temple and Abhayagiri Dagaba. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Anuradhapura vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Religious Site
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
4.4

2
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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 17th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, then get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna day trip planning app.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Museums
Highlights from your trip
Nallur Kovil ©
Religious Site
Nallur Kovil
4.5
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Religious Site
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
4.6
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Religious Site
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
4.1

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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 Scuba & Snorkeling and Nilaveli Beach. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sigiriya Fortress and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Dambulla Cave Temple in Habarana (about 2 hours away). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shaktipeeth Shri Shankari Devi Temple, and brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee online tour itinerary maker.

Drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Sigiriya Fortress ©
Must see
Sigiriya Fortress
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling
4.3

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Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 23rd (Fri), steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Polonnaruwa and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Historic Site
Lankathilaka Image House
4.6

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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.
On the 25th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a tailor-made plan with Lanka Tracker - Day Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip maker app.

You can fly from Polonnaruwa to Udawalawe National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In October, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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Kalametiya

Get a sense of the local culture at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Tangalle Lighthouse. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tuk Tuk Safari Tangalle and Medilla Beach. When in Kalametiya, make a side trip to see Walawe HN River Safari in Ambalantota, approximately Ambalantota away.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Kalametiya trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Kalametiya in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more) and Saffron Robes (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, look for gifts at Embark, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planner.

Getting from Kalametiya to Galle by car takes about 2.5 hours. October in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
Galle Fort ©
Must see
Galle Fort
4.4
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Art Gallery
Tsunami Photo Museum
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
3.6

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Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. You'll get in some beach time at Beruwala Beach and Bentota Beach. Step out of Bentota to go to Ambalangoda and see Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, which is approximately 36 minutes away. It doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Bentota itinerary planner.

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. November in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching
4.9

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