28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Manchester
Fly:  18 h 30 min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Habarana
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 45 min
6
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Rekawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Hikkaduwa
— 6 nights
Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Manchester

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Royal Palace of Kandy. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy travel website.

Manchester, UK to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Isurumuniya Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, make a trip to Vessagiriya Ruins, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, and see the interesting displays at Abhayagiri Museum.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura holiday maker site.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

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.
Popular historic sites such as Jaffna Fort and Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple are in your itinerary. Escape the urban bustle at Casuarina Beach and Kovalam Beach. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, step off the mainland to explore Neduntheevu (Delft Island), pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

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
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 get in some beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Trincomalee War Cemetery and Hoods Tower Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, make a trip to Fort Frederick, brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Archaeological Museum and Pethikada. Visiting Golden Temple of Dambulla and Hurulu Eco Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Ritigala Forest Monastery (in Anuradhapura) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

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

Drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Ritigala Forest Monastery, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 18th (Mon), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, thenkick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Habarana to Mirissa takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Bundala National Park and Amanwella Silent Beach. Visit Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Medilla Beach for some beach relaxation. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Medaketiya Activity Beach.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Rekawa road trip site.

You can drive from Mirissa to Rekawa in 2 hours. March in Rekawa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

6
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Museum-lovers will appreciate Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna) and Galle (Embark, Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, &more). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, and look for gifts at Galle Gem Exchange.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa road trip app.

Drive from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. In March in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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