26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

26 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka travel planner

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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalkudah
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Fly
8
Galle
— 3 nights
Bus
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Balapitiya
Drive
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Wadduwa
— 2 nights
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Kandy

— 2 nights
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 Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Withlocals. You'll discover tucked-away gems like See Lanka Travels and Galmaduwa temple kandy. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle, about 1h 10 min away. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and make a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy driving holiday planner.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:

Dambulla

— 3 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arankelle Ancient Monastery and Fernando Adventure Safaries. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis and don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To find traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 4 — 7:

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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.
On the 8th (Fri), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online visit planner.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 7 — 10:

Anuradhapura

— 2 nights
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.
Get some cultural insight at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ranmasu Uyana. Step out of the city life by going to Eth Pokuna and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 10 — 12:

Trincomalee

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of Kanniya Hot Springs, then admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee journey maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 12 — 14:

Kalkudah

— 2 nights
On the 15th (Fri), stroll through Passikudah Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kalkudah trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 14 — 16:

Nuwara Eliya

— 4 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Take a break from the city and head to Waterfall Tours and Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve. Step off the beaten path and head to Nitwo tours ( MAY 7 ) and Spas. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Xavier's Church, and play a few rounds at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary app.

Drive from Kalkudah to Nuwara Eliya in 5 hours. On the 20th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 16 — 20:

Galle

— 3 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Madu River as well as Koggala Lake. Visit Dutch Reformed Church and Saint Mary's Church for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Dondra Head Lighthouse (in Dondra), Kosgoda Turtle Care (in Kosgoda) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Nuwara Eliya to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Balapitiya.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 20 — 23:

Balapitiya

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Balapitiya travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Balapitiya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July in Balapitiya, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. You'll set off for Wadduwa on the 23rd (Sat).

Things to do in Balapitiya

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 24:

Wadduwa

— 2 nights
Wadduwa is a town in the Western Province of, Sri Lanka.It situated in the western coast of Sri Lanka about 33 km south of Colombo. Take the guesswork out of planning a Wadduwa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Balapitiya to Wadduwa in 1.5 hours. July in Wadduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Wadduwa

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.