29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + taxi:  15​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Galle
— 5 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Habarana
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
6
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  16​h 45​min
End: Tel Aviv

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.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery for their historical value. Visiting Elephant Freedom Project and Royal Botanical Gardens will get you outdoors. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya (in Nuwara Eliya). Spend the 9th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route builder site .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

5
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, look for gifts at Forbes Gems & Jewellers, and contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Galle attractions app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Japanese Peace Pagoda, Scuba & Snorkeling, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

4
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Visiting Safaris and Golden Temple of Dambulla will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Gal Potha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, & more). Spend the 16th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Habarana trip website .

Getting from Galle to Habarana by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Pasikudah Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kalkudah day trip app .

You can drive from Habarana to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

4
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 enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Scuba & Snorkeling and Pigeon Island National Park. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, and play a few rounds at Eagles' Golf Links.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee tour planner.

Getting from Kalkudah to Trincomalee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Nallur Kovil and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Kantharodai Viharaya. Go for a jaunt from Jaffna to Karainagar to see Kovalam Beach about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral, take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya.

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You can drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Isurumuniya Temple. Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Ranmasu Uyana will appeal to history buffs. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and don't miss a visit to Vessagiriya Ruins.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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