30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Train + Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
2
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
7
Galle
— 6 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Train:  15 h
End: London

4
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.
You'll explore and learn at Colombo National Museum and Ganeshism Studio Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Bentota Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Barefoot, revel in the low prices at Noritake Factory Store, and pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Colombo itinerary planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; 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 5.5 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in June; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Kande Viharaya Temple
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple

4
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.
Get outdoors at Nilaveli Beach and Pigeon Island National Park. Get some cultural insight at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Explore Trincomalee's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Archaeological Museum, Lankathilaka Image House, &more). There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Trincomalee takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Jaffna road trip planning website.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

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

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Sigiriya and Isurumuniya Temple are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya) and Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Safaris). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura attractions site.

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Safaris
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Bundala National Park and Kiri Vehera. Visiting Udawalawe National Park and Elephant Transit Home (ETH) will get you outdoors. Take a break from Tissamaharama with a short trip to Yala National Park in Yala National Park, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama driving holiday planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, Kiri Vehera, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

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.
You'll explore and learn at World Buddhist Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village. Take a break from the city and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy Lake. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura), Aakarsha Gem House (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Elephant Freedom Project, Aakarsha Gem House, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

6
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Saffron Robesfor plenty of shopping. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ahungalla Beach will get you outdoors. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Scuba & Snorkeling). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stroll through Jungle Beach, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Galle visit planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Beruwala Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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