26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Perth
Travel:  108 h
1
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Monaragala
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  10 h 15 min
9
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
10
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly:  23 h 30 min
End: Perth

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kandaswamy Temple, and then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach, stroll through Casuarina Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, read Jaffna travel itinerary planner.

Perth, Australia to Jaffna is an approximately 108-hour travel. The time zone difference when traveling from Perth to Jaffna is minus 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, thenmake a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

3
nights
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage), Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Buddha Statue (in Giritale). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, and get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Buddha Statue, Millennium Elephant Foundation
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum ©
Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, thenadmire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Fri): relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, and then stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Monaragala.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 2:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Monaragala

Monaragala
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Biso Pokuna.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Monaragala trip site.

Drive from Ella to Monaragala in 1.5 hours. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Yala National Park.
Find places to stay Jan 2 — 4:

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 5th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park road trip site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Monaragala to Yala National Park. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 4 — 6:
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

1
night
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.
On the 6th (Wed), stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa travel route planner.

Drive from Yala National Park to Hikkaduwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Bring the kids along to Galle Fort and Jungle Beach. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, and stroll through Unawatuna Beach.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galle route planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Galle takes an hour. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Unawatuna
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 10:
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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