20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Kalpitiya
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  5 h 15 min
5
Haputale
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Weligatta
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
Taxi + Fly:  17 h
End: London

1
day
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya
For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kalpitiya trip planner.

London, UK to Kalpitiya is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Kalpitiya due to the time zone difference. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, then contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

3
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jaffna Fort and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nallur Kovil and St. Mary's Cathedral. Go for a jaunt from Jaffna to Kilinochchi to see Killinochchi War Memorial Monument about 1h 35 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, step off the mainland to explore Neduntheevu (Delft Island), and don't miss a visit to Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jaffna trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument
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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

3
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Nilaveli Beach. Visit Koneswaram Temple and Mamangam Temple for their historical value. Venture out of the city with trips to Habarana (Safaris & Hurulu Eco Park). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick.

For maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Nilaveli Beach
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Safaris
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham, contemplate the long history of Lipton’s Seat, and then relax in the rural setting at Dambatenne Tea Factory.

Planning Haputale trip won't be overwheling when you use's Insprock itinerary maker.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Haputale in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, taxi, and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Dambatenne Tea Factory ©
Dambatenne Tea Factory

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Haputale to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Weligatta.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

1
night
Weligatta

Weligatta ©
On the 14th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Weligatta day trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Weligatta takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Weligatta

Parks Nature
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
On the 15th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, then stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Wewurukannala Vihara.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Rekawa trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Weligatta to Rekawa takes 1.5 hours. January in Rekawa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, Wewurukannala Vihara
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Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch ©
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Handunugoda Tea Estate and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Galle (Spas & Dutch Reformed Church). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa visit app.

You can drive from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Japanese Peace Pagoda, Ahungalla Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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