26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 3 nights
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
6
Kalkudah
— 2 nights
7
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
8
Galle
— 3 nights
9
Wadduwa
— 2 nights

3
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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 Kandy Lake and RB Tours Srilanka. Step off the beaten path and head to World Buddhist Museum and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planning site.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Golf Wildlife
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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Dambulla

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 Dambulla Royal Cave Temple and Dhilip De Alwis. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya. Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Fernando Adventure Safaries (in Habarana) and Arankelle Ancient Monastery (in Melsiripura). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple and make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dambulla road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Habarana, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya

3
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Sigiriya

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. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at sigiri art gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, thenmake a trip to The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya, and finally explore the ancient world of Sinhagiri.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya holiday planning site.

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya ©
The Lion's Paws - Sigiriya
Sinhagiri ©
Sinhagiri

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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.
Get some cultural insight at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Eth Pokuna. Mihintale and Ranmasu Uyana will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, make a trip to Anuradhapura Stupas Scenic Point, and explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Outdoors
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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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, thenadmire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee itinerary builder app.

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

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera

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Kalkudah

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. Another option is to 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 Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
Batticaloa Lighthouse ©
Batticaloa Lighthouse

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Visiting Devon Falls and Galway's Land National Park will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Holy Trinity Church and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Avissawella and see Mlesna Tea Castle, which is approximately 46 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church, get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Gayathri Peedam.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Getting from Kalkudah to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Wed) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Mlesna Tea Castle
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Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls
St Clair's Falls ©
St Clair's Falls
Galway's Land National Park ©
Galway's Land National Park

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Galle

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 Kowilawatta Temple for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla), Dondra Head Lighthouse (in Dondra) and Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Galle route planner.

Traveling by flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Wadduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Ahungalla Beach, Koggala Lake, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Dondra Head Lighthouse
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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Wadduwa

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 Galle to Wadduwa in 2 hours. July in Wadduwa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °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

Side Trips

Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Sri Anjaneyar Temple, Panadura Beach, River Rafting & Tubing
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Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya
Panadura Beach ©
Panadura Beach
River Rafting & Tubing

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