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:  23 h 45 min
1
Hambantota
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kataragama
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Trincomalee
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Polonnaruwa
— 6 nights
Drive:  2 h
8
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Jaffna
— 5 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
10
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21 h 45 min
End: Paris

4
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Explore hidden gems such as Bundala National Park and Kumana National Park. Visiting Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and Kahandamodara Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Walawe River Safari, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Ussangoda National Park.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hambantota trip builder tool .

Paris, France to Hambantota is an approximately 24-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Hambantota is 4 hours. Traveling from Paris in January, things will get much hotter in Hambantota: highs are around 36°C and lows about 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Visit Dutch Reformed Church and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Community Tsunami Museum and Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama), Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Sinharaja Forest Reserve (in Galle). Spend the 30th (Wed) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach, kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa journey planner .

You can drive from Hambantota to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Highlights from your plan
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

4
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak. Step out of the city life by going to Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail and Medilla Beach. Go for a jaunt from Uda Walawe National Park to Suriyakanda to see Maduwanwela Walawwa about 1h 05 min away. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Uda Walawe National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Udawalawe Trails, Maduwanwela Walawwa
Highlights from your plan
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Lakpura ©
Lakpura

3
nights
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Get outdoors at Tissa Wewa and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Visit Kataragama Temple and Sella Kataragama Temple for their historical value. Explore Kataragama's surroundings by going to Tissamaharama (Bundala Birds Paradise & Sithulpawwa Rock Temple). It doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatala Wehera.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kataragama trip planner .

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Kataragama by car takes about 2 hours. In February in Kataragama, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Kataragama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tissamaharama
Highlights from your plan
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 9th (Sat), see some colorful creatures with Sail Lanka Charter and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): snap pictures at Kallady Bridge, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, then don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pasikudah Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kalkudah online journey maker .

You can drive from Kataragama to Kalkudah in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Saint Mary's Cathedral. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach, brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee itinerary planning website .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nilaveli Beach, Girihadu Seya
Highlights from your plan
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

6
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Fernando Adventure Safaries will get you outdoors. Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya), Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Kaludiya Pokuna) and Safaris (in Habarana). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Gal Vihara, steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa, explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, and go for a walk through Medirigiriya Vatadage.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa visit app .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana, Pitawala Pathana, Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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 some historical perspective at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get outdoors at Dhilip De Alwis and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Take a break from Anuradhapura with a short trip to Dambulla Cave Temple in Habarana, about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and head outdoors with Eth Pokuna.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip tool .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

5
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nallur Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara. Get outdoors at Kayts Causeway and Neduntheevu (Delft Island). Go for a jaunt from Jaffna to Karainagar to see Kovalam Beach about 58 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, stroll through Casuarina Beach, get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, and pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Jaffna trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

1
night
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
On the 4th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park and then get outside with Water Sports in Kalpitiya. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kalpitiya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Kalpitiya takes 6 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

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