41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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41 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: York
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Taxi:  20 h
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Hambantota
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Dambulla
— 3 nights
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  22 h 15 min
End: York

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore World Buddhist Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village. Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Lake will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle), Nuwara Eliya (Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya & Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple) and Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum (in Ramboda). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and see the interesting displays at Raja Museum.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Kandy vacation maker website .

York, UK to Kandy is an approximately 20-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda Waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): stop by LAZY.RIDE, then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Art Batiks, enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse, then relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, then examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala).

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Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Art Batiks, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Discover out-of-the-way places like Bundala National Park and Kahandamodara Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Walawe River Safari. Spend the 27th (Sun) exploring nature at Kumana National Park. And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ussangoda National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Agro Technology Park, and take in nature's colorful creations at Dry Zone Botanical Garden.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hambantota trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Mirissa to Hambantota by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Hambantota can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ussangoda National Park, Indika Art Gallery, Kahandamodara Beach, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach. Get some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Venture out of the city with trips to Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Galle), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, browse the exhibits of Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa journey maker tool .

Traveling by car from Hambantota to Hikkaduwa takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple. Isurumuniya Temple and Ritigala Forest Monastery will appeal to history buffs. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura driving holiday planning app .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Anuradhapura by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kayts Causeway and Kovalam Beach. Get some historical perspective at Nallur Kovil and Kantharodai Viharaya. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, and stroll through Seven Wells Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna vacation planner.

You can take a train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
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.
Hoods Tower Museum and Sri Lanka Navy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Get in touch with nature at Nilaveli Beach and Kantale Lake. And it doesn't end there: stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trincomalee road trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kantale Lake, Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

2
nights
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 14th (Thu), stroll through Pasikudah Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach. On the 15th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Batticaloa Fort, then kick back and relax at Kallady Beach, and finally tour the water at your own pace with Sail Lanka Charter.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kalkudah trip maker app .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

5
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Medirigiriya Vatadage. Popular historic sites such as Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Lankathilaka Image House are in your itinerary. Step out of Polonnaruwa with an excursion to Sigiriya World Heritage Site in Sigiriya--about 2 hours away. Spend the 20th (Wed) exploring nature at Angammedilla National Park. There's much more to do: admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha, explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, and steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip maker site .

Drive from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

3
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Visit Golden Temple of Dambulla and Kaludiya Pokuna for their historical value. Appreciate the collections at Arankelle Ancient Monastery and Pethikada. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Dambulla: Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Minneriya National Park). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Dambulla road trip planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dhilip De Alwis, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Balloon Rides
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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