32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly + taxi:  18​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
5
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Galle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Bentota
— 6 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
8
Kalpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Milan

3
nights
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.
Abhayagiri Museum and Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom will appeal to museum buffs. Get a sense of the local culture at Medirigiriya Vatadage and Moonstone or Sandakada pahana. Venture out of the city with trips to Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Habarana (Spas, Safaris, & more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, deepen your understanding at Short Handed Statue, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary tool .

Milan, Italy to Anuradhapura is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Milan to Anuradhapura, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Avukana Buddha Statue, Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom, Medirigiriya Vatadage
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Safaris
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nallur Kovil and Jaffna Fort. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil and Killinochchi War Memorial Monument. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and view the masterpieces at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna road trip site .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

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.
You'll get in some beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Mamangam Temple. There's lots more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, and take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Visit Kandy War Cemetery and Kandy Garrison Cemetery for their historical value. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pussellawa to see Ramboda Waterfall about 1h 35 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip planning site .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Elephant Freedom Project, Hindagala Temple, Ramboda Waterfall
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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 4th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Uda Walawe National Park journey planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Uda Walawe National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari

5
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Church and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Community Tsunami Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Galle, make a side trip to see Tsunami Honganji Vihara in Hikkaduwa, approximately 44 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, get engrossed in the history at Historical Mansion Museum, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

6
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Popular historic sites such as Kalutara Bodhiya and Kande Viharaya are in your itinerary. For shopping fun, head to Tsunami Photo Museum or Ayesha Gems and Jewellers. Step out of Bentota with an excursion to Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and make a trip to Bentota Bazaar.

For reviews and more tourist information, refer to the Bentota day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Galle to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Aluthgama, Kalutara Bodhiya, Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park and then stroll through Kudawa Beach.

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kalpitiya online day trip planner .

You can drive from Bentota to Kalpitiya in 5 hours. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

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