24 days in Sri Lanka & Rameswaram Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka & Rameswaram Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka & Rameswaram Itinerary

Start: Belgrade, Serbia
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
train:  4​h
7
Rameswaram, India
— 1 night
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Belgrade, Serbia

1
night
Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelery & Gem Stones, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at J R Jayawardena Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colombo day trip planner.

Belgrade, Serbia to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Prepare for much warmer weather when traveling from Belgrade in February: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
River Rafting & Tubing
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

3
nights
Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

Unawatuna ©
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Tsunami Photo Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Escape the urban bustle at Narigama Beach and Kayaking & Canoeing. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). Spend the 6th (Thu) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find out how to plan a trip to Unawatuna, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Colombo to Unawatuna by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Narigama Beach, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get outdoors at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Appreciate the collections at World Buddhist Museum and Ceylon Tea Museum. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

5
nights
Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get some cultural insight at Lankathilaka Image House and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Balloon Rides. Take a break from Polonnaruwa with a short trip to Karu Arts & Crafts in Naula, about 1h 55 min away. Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, delve into the distant past at Medirigiriya Vatadage, get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha.

To find other places to visit and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa holiday planning tool .

Drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. On the 14th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Safaris, Karu Arts & Crafts, Balloon Rides
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Safaris
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage

3
nights
Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, then explore the activities along Trincomalee Crocodile Lake, and finally explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
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Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

2
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dagoba of Thuparama and Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya. Visit Ranmasu Uyana and Short Handed Statue for their historical value. Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Dhilip De Alwis in Habarana--about 1h 05 min away. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum.

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You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Rameswaram.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya ©
Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya

1
night
Rameswaram, India

Rameswaram ©
A trip to Rameswaram on Pamban Island will take you across a long limestone shoal bridge with spectacular ocean scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Lakshmana Teertham, stroll the grounds of Kalam National Memorial, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rama Tirtham (Gandamadana), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nambunayaki amman temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kunthu kal Beach, Rameswaram. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Water Bird Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam House, and then look for gifts at Kalam Sea Shell Mart.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rameswaram trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Rameswaram takes 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Rameswaram

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Lakshmana Teertham
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Water Bird Sanctuary ©
Water Bird Sanctuary
Kalam National Memorial ©
Kalam National Memorial
Lakshmana Teertham ©
Lakshmana Teertham

2
nights
Colombo, Sri Lanka

Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): examine the collection at Dutch Museum, then stop by Barefoot, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, then get engrossed in the history at Sri Lanka Air Force Museum, and then explore the world behind art at Saskia Fernando Gallery.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip tool .

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Rameswaram to Colombo takes 6.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

St. Mary's Church, Sri Lanka Air Force Museum
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Barefoot ©
Barefoot
Sri Lanka Air Force Museum ©
Sri Lanka Air Force Museum

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