24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

24 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
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
Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Medawatta Beach and Tangalle Lighthouse. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa will get you outdoors. Take a break from Mirissa with a short trip to Handunugoda Tea Estate in Ahangama, about 40 minutes away. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and contemplate the long history of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Mirissa holiday maker site.

Singapore, Singapore to Mirissa is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Singapore to Mirissa. In October, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda) and Galle Fort (in Galle). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara and examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Jungle Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 31:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Freedom Project and Knuckles Forest Reserve. Get some historical perspective at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately Pinnawala away. The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens and take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 3:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
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.
On the 4th (Mon), get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park route planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 6.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 5:
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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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, thenbrowse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Cave Temple and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For traveler tips and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla road trip planning website.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Scuba & Snorkeling and Nilaveli Beach. Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Arisimale Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee travel route site.

You can drive from Dambulla to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Escape the urban bustle at Kovalam Beach and Kayts Causeway. Explore hidden gems such as Nallur Kovil and Nagadipa Purana Vihara. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, contemplate the long history of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, don't miss a visit to Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna trip planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Find places to stay Nov 10 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Ritigala Forest Monastery and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Step off the beaten path and head to Isurumuniya Temple and Samadhi Statue. There's lots more to do: stroll through Wilpattu National Park, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, and make a trip to Mihintale.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 13 — 17:
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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