28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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28 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Chennai
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 4 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
6
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
7
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
8
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 15​min
9
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
10
Bentota
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
End: Chennai

4
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Escape the urban bustle at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Narigama Beach. Get some cultural insight at Community Tsunami Museum and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa (Coral Sanctuary, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Dalawella Beach, stroll through Kottawa Conservation Forest, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, and take in the exciting artwork at EXOTIC ROOTS.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Galle holiday planner.

Chennai, India to Galle is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Kottawa Conservation Forest
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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 14th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Colombo trip planner .

Take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Arisimale Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, then learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then meet some fierce fish with a shark diving experience.

To see maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee attractions app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Trincomalee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

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 18th (Sat), hike along Kayts Causeway, delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, then kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Jaffna travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Yapahuwa Rock Fortress and The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya). Step out of the city life by going to Dhilip De Alwis and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Venture out of the city with trips to Pethikada (in Sigiriya), Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Spas (in Habarana). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress, Popham's Arboretum, Pethikada, Avukana Buddha Statue
Highlights from your plan
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya) ©
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 23rd (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sella Kataragama Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala birds paradise.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kataragama
Highlights from your plan
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 25th (Sat), kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach. On the next day, kick back and relax at Kabalana Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kathaluwa Old Temple, and then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Sk Swarnakala.

To find maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna online trip maker .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. January in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Ahangama, Koggala, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Unawatuna Beach ©
Unawatuna Beach

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.
Get in touch with nature at Elephant Freedom Project and Knuckles Mountain Range. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Spas & Wellness. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Matale (Euphoria Spice and Herbal & Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple). The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at New Ranweli Spice Garden.

Discover how to plan a Kandy trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Amanwella Silent Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Medilla Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Mirissa holiday app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara
Highlights from your plan
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Amanwella Silent Beach ©
Amanwella Silent Beach

3
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Beruwala Beach and Safaris. Visit Ahungalla Beach and Wadduwa Beach for some beach relaxation. Step out of Bentota with an excursion to Akurala Beach in Akurala--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple and stroll through Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Bentota trip website .

Drive from Mirissa to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beruwala, Ahungalla, Kosgoda, Kande Viharaya Temple, Wadduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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