38 days in Jaffna & Galle District Itinerary

38 days in Jaffna & Galle District Itinerary

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38 days in Jaffna & Galle District Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  6 h 45 min
1
Jaffna
— 11 nights
Drive:  7 h 30 min
2
Bentota
— 11 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 14 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

11
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.
Head to Jaffna Market and Cargills Squarefor some retail therapy. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Jaffna: Kilinochchi (Kilinochchi War Memorial & Killinochchi War Memorial Monument), Thalaiyadi Beach (in Maruthankerny) and Kovalam Beach (in Karainagar). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, hike along Kayts Causeway, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, and contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna road trip tool .

Colombo to Jaffna is an approximately 7-hour train ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll set off for Bentota on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Kilinochchi, Thalaiyadi Beach, Kovalam Beach
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Market ©
Jaffna Market
Cargills Square ©
Cargills Square

11
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Bentota: Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle), Hikkaduwa (Scuba & Snorkeling & Community Tsunami Museum) and Ambalangoda (Ariyapala Mask Museum & Sea Turtle Hatchery). There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and stop by Lunuganga.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Bentota vacation website .

You can drive from Jaffna to Bentota in 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. On the 15th (Sat), you'll travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ambalangoda, Kosgoda, Hikkaduwa, Ahungalla, Galle
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sunflower Arts and Crafts ©
Sunflower Arts and Crafts
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

14
nights
Unawatuna

Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lak Gems & Jewellery and EXOTIC ROOTS. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Koggala Lake (in Koggala), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Harbour, Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, &more) and Moonstone Mines (in Ambalangoda).

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Bentota to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Ahangama, Koggala, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Lak Gems & Jewellery ©
Lak Gems & Jewellery
EXOTIC ROOTS ©
EXOTIC ROOTS

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