44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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44 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Taxi:  18 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 45 min
8
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
10
Mirissa
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Paris

6
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.
Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Kandy Lake and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya (in Nuwara Eliya), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, make a trip to Sri Muthumariamman Temple, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy vacation planner .

Paris, France to Kandy is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Matale, Peradeniya, Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, Ramboda Waterfall, 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

3
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Pethikada. Step out of the city life by going to Minneriya National Park and Balloon Rides. Go for a jaunt from Dambulla to Habarana to see Dhilip De Alwis about 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Minneriya National Park, Pethikada
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Balloon Rides

5
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step off the beaten path and head to Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Lankathilaka Image House. Visit Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Gal Potha for their historical value. Take a break from Polonnaruwa with a short trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site in Sigiriya, about 2 hours away. Spend the 6th (Wed) exploring nature at Angammedilla National Park. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, delve into the distant past at Atadage, contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Siva Devalaya (No 1).

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa driving holiday tool .

Getting from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

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

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.
Get in touch with nature at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond and Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Dambulla Cave Temple. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, and explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary app .

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kayts Causeway and Casuarina Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Nallur Kovil and Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple. Step out of Jaffna with an excursion to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar--about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna holiday planner.

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Girihadu Seya, 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 ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): kick back and relax at Pasikudah Beach and then stroll through Passikudah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, then make a trip to Batticaloa Fort, then kick back and relax at Kallady Beach, and finally take a tour by water with Sail Lanka Charter.

Find out how to plan Kalkudah trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
Get outdoors at Udawalawe National Park and Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Uda Walawe National Park in 6.5 hours. February in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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 inner history buff will appreciate Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Ahungalla Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Galle (Sinharaja Forest Reserve & Nature & Wildlife Tours). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, and see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa day trip website .

Drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. February in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Jungle Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

5
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Dondra Head Lighthouse. Get a sense of the local culture at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Mihiripenna Beach (in Unawatuna), Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda) and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery (in Habaraduwa). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mirissa route planner .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. On the 5th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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