38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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38 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Copenhagen
Fly:  15 h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
9
Tissamaharama
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  21 h
End: Copenhagen

2
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.
On the 31st (Mon), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, and then stop by DIANA Souvenirs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then make a trip to St. Mary's Church, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo vacation website .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Copenhagen in January, things will get much warmer in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy War Cemetery. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple, Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple, &more) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Peradeniya, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Shark Diving and King’s Council Chamber. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Somawathiya Stupa and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Dalada Maluwa, Hatadage, &more). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum, and admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

To see photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Kandy to Trincomalee by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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 some cultural insight at Nallur Kovil and Killinochchi War Memorial Monument. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naguleswaram Temple, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Casuarina Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna day trip planning tool .

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 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument, Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

5
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.
Visit Yapahuwa Rock Fortress and Medirigiriya Vatadage for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mihintale and Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Anuradhapura: Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis, Kaudulla National Park, &more) and Sigiriya (Pethikada & kaludiya Pokuna). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya, Medirigiriya Vatadage, Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Highlights from your plan
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress ©
Yapahuwa Rock Fortress
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

5
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Beruwala Beach and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Galle Fort and Saffron Robes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Kande Viharaya Temple (in Dharga Town), Stick No Bills Poster Gallery (in Galle) and Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, take in the waterfront activity at Hikkaduwa Harbour, stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya.

Plan a Hikkaduwa trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Galle, Jungle Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Popular historic sites such as Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Tangalle Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Get in touch with nature at Mirissa Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, view the masterpieces at Art Batiks, kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara
Highlights from your plan
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planning website .

Drive from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. March in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

5
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Yala National Park and Kahandamodara Beach. Get a sense of the local culture at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and Sella Kataragama Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Tissamaharama: Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary (in Kalametiya) and Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To see other places to visit, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park, Kahandamodara Beach, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Yala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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