28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Taxi:  18​h 30​min
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Hikkaduwa
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Manchester

3
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 explore and learn at World Buddhist Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village. Step out of the city life by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Sri Muthumariamman Temple (in Matale), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, examine the collection at Raja Museum, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary builder website .

Manchester, UK to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Sri Muthumariamman Temple, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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 in touch with nature at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Dhilip De Alwis. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Habarana to see Dambulla Cave Temple about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
On the 10th (Sun), get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally trek along Kayts Causeway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara.

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Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©

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.
Visit Nilaveli Beach and Arisimale Beach for some beach relaxation. Appreciate the collections at Hoods Tower Museum and Sri Lanka Navy Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, make a trip to Fort Frederick, explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee tour planning app .

Drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Visiting Minneriya National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Lankathilaka Image House. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, steep yourself in history at Atadage, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa route planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
On the 18th (Mon), identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari and then look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Uda Walawe National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Uda Walawe National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Lakpura LLC ©
Lakpura LLC
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 20th (Wed), get outside with Outdoor Activities, stop by Dress Palace, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. On the next day, examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, then relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, then enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach.

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

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Dondra Head Lighthouse, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Matara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Matara Beach ©
Matara 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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Galle Fort and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Relax by the water at Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Dutch Reformed Church, & more), Unawatuna (Japanese Peace Pagoda & Jungle Beach) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota, Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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