36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Negombo
— 2 nights
2
Kalpitiya
— 2 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
4
Jaffna
— 3 nights
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
6
Habarana
— 3 nights
7
Kandy
— 1 night
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
9
Ella
— 4 nights
10
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
11
Hambantota
— 1 night
12
Kalametiya
— 3 nights
13
Rekawa
— 2 nights
14
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
15
Bentota
— 3 nights

2
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Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Abhayasekararama Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Negombo trip planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Negombo. Traveling from Melbourne in March, things will get a bit warmer in Negombo: highs are around 38°C and lows about 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kalpitiya.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St. Sebastian’s Church ©
St. Sebastian’s Church

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Kalpitiya

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get outside with Water Sports in Kalpitiya and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kalpitiya trip planner.

You can drive from Negombo to Kalpitiya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

2
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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.
On the 11th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura online road trip planner.

Drive from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

3
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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.
Change things up with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar (about 58 minutes away). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, and contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Jaffna online holiday builder.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

3
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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.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee online trip itinerary 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

3
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Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

For traveler tips, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Habarana route tool.

Getting from Trincomalee to Habarana by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 22nd (Sun) before leaving for Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Gal Vihara
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 22nd (Sun), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder.

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Gregory Lake, walk around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya

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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.
Go for a jaunt from Ella to Haputale to see Lipton’s Seat about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Ella road trip website.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online trip builder.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Hambantota.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Dry Zone Botanical Garden and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Hambantota vacation website.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Hambantota in 4 hours. In March in Hambantota, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Dry Zone Botanical Garden ©
Dry Zone Botanical Garden

3
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Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Change things up with a short trip to Maduwanwela Walawwa in Suriyakanda (about 1h 40 min away).

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalametiya vacation website.

Traveling by car from Hambantota to Kalametiya takes an hour. In March in Kalametiya, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ussangoda National Park, Maduwanwela Walawwa
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Ussangoda National Park ©
Ussangoda National Park
Maduwanwela Walawwa ©
Maduwanwela Walawwa

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Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Rekawa route tool.

Rekawa is just a stone's throw from Kalametiya. In April, daily temperatures in Rekawa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 5th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then stroll through Mirissa Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery. Here are some ideas for day two: relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory, contemplate the waterfront views at Koggala Lake, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Unawatuna trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Rekawa to Unawatuna in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Koggala, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
You've now added Dalawella Beach to your itinerary. Take a break from Bentota with a short trip to Scuba & Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, stop by Leather.lk, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, and stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Bentota trip itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. April in Bentota sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. You will leave for home on the 10th (Fri).

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Scuba & Snorkeling, Dalawella Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Kowilawatta Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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