26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Galle
— 3 nights
Bus
9
Balapitiya
— Few hours
Drive
10
Wadduwa
— 2 nights
Drive to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport

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2
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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 Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Raja Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like See Lanka Travels and Withlocals. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle, about 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary maker tool.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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See Lanka Travels ©
Must see
See Lanka Travels
5.0
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Nature / Park
Elephant Freedom Project
4.7

3
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arankelle Ancient Monastery and Dhilip De Alwis. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Dambulla Royal Cave Temple. There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape of Fernando Adventure Safaries, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Dambulla travel planner.

Getting from Kandy to Dambulla by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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3
nights
Sigiriya

The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online visit planner.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Sigiriya Fortress ©
Must see
Sigiriya Fortress
4.6
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Safari
Safaris
4.9
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Off-Road Tour
Off-Road Tours
4.0

2
nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ranmasu Uyana. Step out of the city life by going to Eth Pokuna and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Nature
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Mihintale ©
Religious Site
Mihintale
4.8

2
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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 13th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs, then admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee journey maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Side Trip

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Velgam Vehera ©
Architectural Building
Velgam Vehera
4.7

2
nights
Kalkudah

On the 15th (Fri), stroll through Passikudah Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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Passikudah Beach ©
Must see
Passikudah Beach
4.4

4
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Nuwara Eliya

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterfall Tours and Nuwara Eliya Golf Course. Step off the beaten path and head to Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 ) and Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Ella and see Spas, which is approximately 1 hour away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip builder site.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Nuwara Eliya in 5 hours. Another option is to drive. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

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Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 ) ©
Wine Tour / Tasting
Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 )
5.0
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Spa
Spas
1.6

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Madu River as well as Koggala Lake. Visit Dutch Reformed Church and Dondra Head Lighthouse for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Galle vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Nuwara Eliya to Galle in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Balapitiya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Balapitiya

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Balapitiya travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Balapitiya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Balapitiya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. You'll set off for Wadduwa on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Balapitiya

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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2
nights
Wadduwa

Wadduwa is a town in the Western Province of, Sri Lanka.It situated in the western coast of Sri Lanka about 33 km south of Colombo. Take the guesswork out of planning a Wadduwa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Balapitiya to Wadduwa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Wadduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wadduwa

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

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River Rafting / Tubing
River Rafting & Tubing
5.0

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