20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Kalpitiya
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Haputale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
7
Weligatta
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
9
Hikkaduwa
— 5 nights
+2
train + taxi + Fly:  17​h
End: London

1
day
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kalpitiya online day trip planner .

London, UK to Kalpitiya is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Kalpitiya due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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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 4th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, then steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura driving holiday planner.

Drive from Kalpitiya to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
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.
Popular historic sites such as Nagadipa Purana Vihara and Naguleswaram Temple are in your itinerary. Discover out-of-the-way places like Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil and Nallur Kovil. Step out of Jaffna with an excursion to Killinochchi War Memorial Monument in Kilinochchi--about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, and don't miss a visit to Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Jaffna trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Killinochchi War Memorial Monument
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Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

3
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Mamangam Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Trincomalee: Habarana (Safaris & Hurulu Eco Park). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, make a trip to Fort Frederick, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planning website .

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Haputale.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Nilaveli Beach
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Safaris
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham, get great views at Lipton’s Seat, and then experience rural life at Dambatenne Tea Factory.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Haputale online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Haputale in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Dambatenne Tea Factory ©
Dambatenne Tea Factory

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH).

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Uda Walawe National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Haputale to Uda Walawe National Park in 3.5 hours. January in Uda Walawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Weligatta.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

1
night
Weligatta

Weligatta ©
On the 14th (Tue), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Weligatta trip planner .

Traveling by car from Uda Walawe National Park to Weligatta takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Weligatta

Parks Nature
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

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.
On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and finally explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wewurukannala Vihara.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Rekawa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Weligatta to Rekawa takes 1.5 hours. In January in Rekawa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Wewurukannala Vihara, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
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Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching

5
nights
Hikkaduwa

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Hikkaduwa: Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa takes 2.5 hours. January in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Japanese Peace Pagoda
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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