24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Medawatta Beach. Get some historical perspective at Tangalle Lighthouse and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery (in Habaraduwa) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). There's more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa travel itinerary planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Mirissa is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Singapore Time (SGT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. October in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Medawatta Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 28:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm. Step off the beaten path and head to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Sea Turtle Hatchery. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna) and Galle Fort (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Jungle Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Freedom Project and Royal Botanical Gardens. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park road trip planning site .

Getting from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla journey planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Arisimale Beach. Visiting Scuba & Snorkeling and Pigeon Island National Park will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee online attractions planner .

Drive from Dambulla to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Nallur Kovil and Kovalam Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil and St. Mary's Cathedral. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, contemplate the long history of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, hike along Kayts Causeway, and pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Jaffna day trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Isurumuniya Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Samadhi Statue. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura travel planner .

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple

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