31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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31 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
3
Galle
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Haputale
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: New Delhi

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bundala National Park and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera. Get out of town with these interesting Tissamaharama side-trips: Elephant Transit Home (ETH) (in Uda Walawe National Park) and Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota). The adventure continues: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

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New Delhi, India to Tissamaharama is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from New Delhi in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 27°C in Tissamaharama. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Udawattekele Sanctuary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Kandy War Cemetery and Elephant Freedom Project. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple (in Matale) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Red Mosque, make a trip to Kandy view point, and look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy online trip maker .

Getting from Tissamaharama to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall, Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some cultural insight at Dutch Reformed Church and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ahungalla Beach and Beruwala Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Scuba & Snorkeling), Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, look for gifts at Cara Jewellers, and take in the waterfront activity at Hikkaduwa Harbour.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Galle holiday planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): get great views at Lipton’s Seat and then experience rural life at Dambatenne Tea Factory. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham and then admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls.

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Drive from Galle to Haputale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bambarakanda Falls
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Dambatenne Tea Factory ©
Dambatenne Tea Factory
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 15th (Sun), make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then stroll through Passikudah Beach.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kalkudah day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Haputale to Kalkudah takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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.
Relax by the water at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Lankathilaka Image House. Explore Trincomalee's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Archaeological Museum). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee day trip planner .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Nallur Kovil and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Seven Wells Beach. Step out of Jaffna to go to Kilinochchi and see Killinochchi War Memorial Monument, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, stroll through Casuarina Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, and appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Jaffna trip planner .

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

6
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.
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Abhayagiri Dagaba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Samadhi Statue. Change things up with these side-trips from Anuradhapura: Balloon Rides (in Dambulla) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip maker app .

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. On the 29th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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