36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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36 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Kalpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
11
Hambantota
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
12
Kalametiya
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
13
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
14
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
15
Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
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.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip itinerary maker app .

Melbourne, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Negombo due to the time zone difference. In March, Negombo is a bit warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel 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

2
nights
Kalpitiya

Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get outside with Water Sports in Kalpitiya and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya, then kick back and relax at Kudawa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kalpitiya route planner.

Getting from Negombo to Kalpitiya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Wildlife Parks
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

2
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.
On the 11th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. 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
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.
Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Kovalam Beach in Karainagar, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna trip maker app .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

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
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.
Step out of Trincomalee to go to Nilaveli and see Pigeon Island National Park, which is approximately 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, kick back and relax at Marble Beach, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach.

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

Drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car 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
nights
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): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Gal Vihara and then make a trip to Sigiriya.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Habarana tour planner.

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
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
Kick off your visit 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 find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow 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

2
nights
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.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya travel route builder site .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car 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
Bluefield Tea Gardens ©
Bluefield Tea Gardens

4
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Lipton’s Seat (in Haputale) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Nine Arch Bridge, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ella tour planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lipton’s Seat, Dhowa Rock Temple
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then contemplate the long history of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay planning tool .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can go by car to Hambantota.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

1
night
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Kick 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, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hambantota trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Hambantota takes 4 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive 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
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Step out of Kalametiya to go to Suriyakanda and see Maduwanwela Walawwa, which is approximately 1h 20 min away.

To see other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalametiya trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Hambantota to Kalametiya in an hour. In March, daily temperatures in Kalametiya can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. 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

2
nights
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 ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Rekawa online itinerary planner .

Rekawa is just a stone's throw from Kalametiya. In April, daytime highs in Rekawa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 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) ©
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You've now added Secret Beach to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Koggala Lake (in Koggala), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa).

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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. Explore Bentota's surroundings by going to Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda) and Scuba & Snorkeling (in Hikkaduwa). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Turtle Care, stop by Leather.lk, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Bentota visit planner.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. In April, daytime highs in Bentota are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Scuba & Snorkeling, Kowilawatta Temple, Leather.lk
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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