32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

32 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Milan
Fly:  18 h
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Jaffna
— 4 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
6
Galle
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Bentota
— 6 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
8
Kalpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20 h 30 min
End: Milan

3
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Moonstone or Sandakada pahana. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Medirigiriya Vatadage and Ranmasu Uyana. Change things up with these side-trips from Anuradhapura: Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa), Habarana (Spas & Dhilip De Alwis) and Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom (in Yapahuwa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, don't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue, and see the interesting displays at Abhayagiri Museum.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura online trip builder.

Milan, Italy to Anuradhapura is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Wildlife Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Avukana Buddha Statue, Medirigiriya Vatadage, Yapahuwa Ancient Kingdom
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Safaris
Medirigiriya Vatadage ©
Medirigiriya Vatadage
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

4
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram and Jaffna Market. Relax by the water at Casuarina Beach and Seven Wells Beach. Step out of Jaffna with an excursion to Killinochchi War Memorial Monument in Kilinochchi--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, get engrossed in the history at Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Cathedral.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Jaffna online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 26:
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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

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.
Get outdoors at Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple. There's still lots to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uppuveli, and examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

4
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 hidden gems such as Elephant Freedom Project and World Buddhist Museum. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To plan Kandy vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, Hindagala Temple, Ramboda Waterfall, Elephant Freedom Project
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 3:
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 4th (Sun), surround yourself with nature on Lakpura.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park online route planner.

Drive from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. In August in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and Cara Jewellers. Do some cultural sightseeing at Dutch Reformed Church and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Step out of Galle to go to Hikkaduwa and see Community Tsunami Museum, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at Historical Mansion Museum, and examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 9:
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Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Shop till you drop at Tsunami Photo Museum and Ayesha Gems and Jewellers. Step off the beaten path and head to Kande Viharaya Temple and Ahungalla Beach. Explore Bentota's surroundings by going to Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa) and Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, make a trip to Bentota Bazaar, stroll through Induruwa Sea Turtle Conservation Project & Sea Turtle Information Center, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Bentota trip planner.

You can drive from Galle to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 15th (Thu), you'll travel to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Bentota

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Kalutara Bodhiya, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park and then stroll through Kudawa Beach.

Plan my day in Kalpitiya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Bentota to Kalpitiya in 5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

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