34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Taxi + Train:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Habarana
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
9
Rekawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
10
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Kandy War Cemetery and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Knuckles Mountain Range). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online route builder.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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 Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna).

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will leave for Jaffna on the 21st (Fri).

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nallur Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach, get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, and stroll through Seven Wells Beach.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Jaffna trip maker app.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Koneswaram Temple and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, stroll through Trincomalee Beach, and don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee visit planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach
Uppuveli ©
Uppuveli

4
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore hidden gems such as Kaudulla National Park and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Spend the 3rd (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Habarana trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

3
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Pedro Tea Factory and Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Lover's Leap Falls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Nuwara Eliya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

3
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ella Spice Garden and Nature Trail Ella. Change things up with a short trip to Amba Estate in Bandarawela (about 34 minutes away). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Amba Estate
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the 11th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of Lakpura and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Lakpura ©
Lakpura

3
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bundala National Park and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Step out of Rekawa to go to Dondra and see Dondra Head Lighthouse, which is approximately 1h 5 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and tour the pleasant surroundings at Kahandamodara Beach.

To find ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Rekawa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Rekawa by car takes about 2.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Rekawa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Step off the beaten path and head to Handunugoda Tea Estate and Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Mirissa (LAZY.RIDE, Spas & Wellness, &more) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

Plan my Unawatuna trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. In October in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

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