25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
2
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
4
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
5
Kandy
— 5 nights
6
Ella
— 3 nights

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 Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Venture out of the city with trips to Sigiriya (in Sigiriya), Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: make a trip to Mihintale, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip builder tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Anuradhapura is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Koneswaram Temple and Mamangam Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately Nilaveli away. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kalutara Bodhiya and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jungle Beach will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Narigama Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna trip website.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Unawatuna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. November in Unawatuna sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Saint Mary's Church, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Narigama Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

4
nights
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kumana National Park. Get some cultural insight at Sella Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera. Take a break from Tissamaharama with a short trip to Udawalawe National Park in Udawalawe National Park, about 1h 40 min away. There's more to do: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Tissamaharama trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Tissamaharama takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. Expect a daytime high around °C in November, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kataragama, Udawalawe National Park, Kumana National Park, Kirinda Viharaya
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Safaris
Kumana National Park ©
Kumana National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

5
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 Kandy Lake. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy War Cemetery. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Ramboda Waterfall in Pussellawa, about 1h 35 min away. There's lots more to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy itinerary maker website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

3
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Honey Bee Garden and Mahamevnawa Monastery. Get in touch with nature at Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Nature Trail Ella, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, Head underground at Ravana's Cave, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella route builder app.

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daytime highs in Ella are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ravana's Cave ©
Ravana's Cave
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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