29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
Taxi + Fly:  17 h
End: Copenhagen

4
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 some cultural insight at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy War Cemetery. Your inner history buff will appreciate Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple and Red Mosque. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Matale (Highland Spice Garden & Euphoria Spice and Herbal), Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Mackwoods Tea Centre (in Nuwara Eliya). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, browse for treasures at Weavers Finch, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

For more things to do, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary builder.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Copenhagen to Kandy, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Mackwoods Tea Centre, Ramboda Waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Community Tsunami Museum and Sea Turtle Farm. Take a break from the city and head to Ahungalla Beach and Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Bentota (Bentota Bazaar & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa road trip app .

Getting from Kandy to Hikkaduwa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In March in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Ahungalla, Bentota, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Sea Turtle Farm
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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 13th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Tissamaharama day trip app .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. March in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. March in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Isurumuniya Temple and Abhayagiri Dagaba. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Short Handed Statue will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Anuradhapura side-trips: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Balloon Rides (in Dambulla). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Avukana Buddha Statue, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nallur Kovil and Naguleswaram Temple. We've included these beaches for you: Casuarina Beach and Seven Wells Beach. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, don't miss a visit to Keerimalai Hot springs, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaffna trip maker app .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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.
Visiting Nilaveli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Marble Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Uppuveli.

Plan a Trincomalee trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

6
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Passikudah Beach and Lankathilaka Image House. Museum-lovers will get to explore Archaeological Museum and Sigiriya Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Polonnaruwa side-trips: Habarana (Hurulu Eco Park, Safaris, &more) and Batticaloa Lighthouse (in Batticaloa). There's still lots to do: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, make a trip to Gal Vihara, contemplate the long history of Lotus Pond, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa driving holiday website .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Batticaloa Lighthouse, Passikudah Beach, Sigiriya Museum
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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