34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

34 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport, Drive to Rekawa
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Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hikkaduwa
— 6 nights
Drive
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Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi to Ratmalana, Fly to Jaffna
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Jaffna
— 6 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive
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Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 7 nights
Taxi to Colombo, Fly to Amsterdam

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Rekawa

— 2 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching. Get some cultural insight at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Indika Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Rekawa is an approximately 20.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Rekawa due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in August, expect nights in Rekawa to be much warmer, around 29°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 3 — 6:

Hikkaduwa

— 6 nights
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Get outdoors at Ahungalla Beach and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Venture out of the city with trips to Spas (in Unawatuna) and Cara Jewellers (in Galle). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Narigama Beach, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in August, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 6 — 12:

Tissamaharama

— 2 nights
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

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Getting from Hikkaduwa to Tissamaharama by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or fly; or do a combination of train and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 12 — 14:
Highlights from your trip

Udawalawe National Park

— 2 nights
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 15th (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park road trip app.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Find places to stay Aug 14 — 16:

Jaffna

— 6 nights
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Jaffna Fort and Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Nallur Kovil and Naguleswaram Temple. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Jaffna trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Jaffna in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
Find places to stay Aug 16 — 22:

Trincomalee

— 4 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.
Get outdoors at Nilaveli Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Do some cultural sightseeing at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Somawathiya Stupa. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple and take some stellar pictures from Ravana Abyss.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee online attractions planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 26:

Habarana

— 3 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Dhilip De Alwis. Get outdoors at Kaudulla National Park and Safaris. The adventure continues: see Off-Road Tours and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Habarana online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Wildlife · Parks · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 26 — 29:

Anuradhapura

— 7 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.
Visit Isurumuniya Temple and Ruwanwelisaya for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ritigala Forest Monastery. There's more to do: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip builder app.

You can drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Aug 29 — Sep 5:

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.