25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Taxi + Train:  1 h
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 15 min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery. Get some historical perspective at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Gadaladenia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's more to do: stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip planner.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. You will leave for Hikkaduwa on the 25th (Tue).

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Ahungalla Beach and Kowilawatta Temple. Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota (Bentota Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Galle (Stick No Bills Poster Gallery & Galle Fort). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and browse the exhibits of Sri Vijayarama Viharaya.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa holiday maker app.

You can fly from Kandy to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Bentota, Kowilawatta Temple, Ahungalla Beach, Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 29:
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Tangalle Lighthouse. Discover out-of-the-way places like Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa and Dress Palace. Step out of Mirissa with an excursion to Handunugoda Tea Estate in Ahangama--about 40 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tangalle, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Find places to stay Feb 29 — Mar 3:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©

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 (Wed), get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then stroll through Udawalawe Trails. On the 5th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Safaris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sigiriya and Dambulla Cave Temple. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, make a trip to Dalada Maluwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa day trip app.

Fly from Udawalawe National Park to Polonnaruwa in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Habarana, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera, thenkick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Marble Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, thendiscover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee road trip app.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nallur Kovil and Kantharodai Viharaya. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jaffna trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Jaffna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Isurumuniya Temple and Ranmasu Uyana will appeal to history buffs. Get in touch with nature at Wilpattu National Park and Dhilip De Alwis. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Mihintale, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

Before you visit Anuradhapura, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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