25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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25 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly + Drive:  20​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  26​h
End: Brussels

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 cultural itinerary includes sights like Sigiriya and Isurumuniya Temple. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Step out of Anuradhapura with an excursion to Dambulla Cave Temple in Habarana--about 1h 40 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura journey planning site .

Brussels, Belgium to Anuradhapura is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Koneswaram Temple and Nilaveli Beach. Get some cultural insight at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee itinerary builder site .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can go by car 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

Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Narigama Beach and Jungle Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kalutara Bodhiya and Saint Mary's Church. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Kalutara) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla).

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Unawatuna takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. November in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Saint Mary's Church, Narigama Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Ahungalla Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Sella Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera. Escape the urban bustle at Safaris and Kumana National Park. When in Tissamaharama, make a side trip to see Uda Walawe National Park in Uda Walawe National Park, approximately 1h 40 min away. It doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Tissamaharama online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Tissamaharama takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In November, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Nature Parks

Side Trips

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

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and World Buddhist Museum. Get some historical perspective at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Asgiriya Maha Viharaya. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. 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

Elephant Freedom Project, Ramboda Waterfall, Royal Botanical Gardens, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War 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.
Visiting Little Adam's Peak and Nature Trail Ella will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like R. M. S Antique And Brassware and Honey Bee Garden. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, and Head underground at Ravana's Cave.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. In November, daytime highs in Ella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

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

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