30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

30 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
2
Jaffna
— 2 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
4
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
6
Galle
— 5 nights
7
Sigiriya
— 6 nights

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ritigala Forest Monastery and Ruwanwelisaya. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura route planner.

Lucknow, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

2
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Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Karainagar Sivan Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna sightseeing planning website.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Karainagar Sivan Temple
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Karainagar Sivan Temple ©
Karainagar Sivan Temple

4
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee War Cemetery. Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, take in the waterfront at Trincomalee Harbour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Arugam Bay and Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. When in Arugam Bay, make a side trip to see Yala National Park in Yala National Park, approximately Yala National Park away.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Arugam Bay in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trip

Yala National Park
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Sage Tours ©
Sage Tours

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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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Ramboda Waterfall. Change things up with these side-trips from Nuwara Eliya: Buduruwagala (in Yala National Park), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Ella (R. M. S Antique And Brassware, Little Adam's Peak, &more). There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, and take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Buduruwagala, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Scuba & Snorkeling, Ramboda Waterfall
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

5
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Galle

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 Tsunami Honganji Vihara and Lihiniya Gems. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda), Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Parrot Rock Bridge (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, head outdoors with Paradise Tuk Tuk Tours, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Galle day trip planner.

You can fly from Nuwara Eliya to Galle in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Spas · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Tangalle, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Paradise Tuk Tuk Tours ©
Paradise Tuk Tuk Tours
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems

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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Gal Vihara. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana), Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Sath Paththini Devalaya) and Polonnaruwa (Siva Devalaya (No 1), Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). Spend the 28th (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Sigiriya, revel in the low prices at Oakray Woodcarvings, and soar above the sights with Ceylon Star Tours.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya day trip site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Habarana, Dambulla, Ceylon Star Tours, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

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