29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

29 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 5 nights
2
Galle
— 5 nights
3
Habarana
— 4 nights
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
5
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
6
Jaffna
— 3 nights
7
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Kandy Lake. Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya (in Nuwara Eliya) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kandy journey planner.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Tel Aviv to Kandy. You'll set off for Galle on the 9th (Fri).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya, Elephant Freedom Project
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
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 Dutch Reformed Church and Sinharaja Forest Reserve. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Scuba & Snorkeling. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Forbes Gems & Jewellers, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and catch a live event at Galle International Cricket Stadium.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary app.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

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

4
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Get outdoors at Safaris and Minneriya National Park. Do some cultural sightseeing at Lankathilaka Image House and Polonnaruwa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Habarana trip planner.

You can fly from Galle to Habarana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive 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 Passikudah Beach.

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Traveling by car from Habarana to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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 discover tucked-away gems like Nilaveli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get some historical perspective at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Trincomalee to Nilaveli to see Pigeon Island National Park about 56 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Marble Beach, tee off at Eagles' Golf Links, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera.

For where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip tool.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nallur Kovil and Jaffna Fort. Your inner history buff will appreciate Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. When in Jaffna, make a side trip to see Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, approximately Karainagar away. Next up on the itinerary: delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and browse the different shops at Cargills Square.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Jaffna day trip planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping Outdoors

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil

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 inner history buff will appreciate Isurumuniya Temple and Ruwanwelisaya. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Abhayagiri Dagaba. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, make a trip to Vessagiriya Ruins, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, and appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip planner.

Drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up 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
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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