Backpack route through Sri Lanka

We spent 3 weeks in Sri Lanka in which we saw a lot! Although I easily could have filled 3 more weeks there, doing nice things and seeing beautiful places…

You can find our travel schedule and ways of transport here. I will soon share more information about what to do and see in each city!

Travel schedule

First two weeks: sightseeing. Last week: surfing & chilling at the beach.

Day 1 – Leave from home country

Day 2 – Arrival Negombo

Day 3 – To Anuradhapura (tuktuk)

Day 4 – To Sigiriya (bus to Dambulla & tuktuk to Sigiriya)

Day 6 – To Kandy (bus)

Day 8 – To Hatton (train & bus)

Day 9 – To Nuwara Eliya (train)

Day 10 – To Ella (train)

Day 12 – To Yala (taxi & tuktuk)

Day 13 – To Tangalle (bus)

Day 14 – To Weligama (bus)

Day 16 – Day in Mirissa (tuktuk)

Day 17 – To Unawatuna (tuktuk)

Day 19 – To Hikkaduwa (bus)

Day 22 – To the Airport (taxi)

Day 23 – Arrival home country


We used all different kinds of transportation, which was quite fun because they all give you a totally different experience. I would definitely recommend doing the same!

Busses are very cheap and give you a very “local experience”. Tickets are bought in the bus.

Trains aren’t that expensive either. Especially the train ride from Kandy to Ella can’t be missed out on ofcourse! You’re ensured of great views and if you’re lucky, you can chill in the doorway during the ride like a real local.

View from the train

Tuktuks are often only used for short distances within a city, but it is definitely worth taking a tuktuk from one city to another. It’s not as hot since you can feel the wind while driving. Besides, you will see a lot of different places on the way and you can stop whenever you want. Make sure to agree on a price before getting in.

Taxi’s are a bit boring compared to the other ways of transport. But taking a taxi is a good option when you have to be somewhere in time (airport) of when you can share one with others.

Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Ruwanwelisaya during the ceremony on Thai Pongal

A few months ago, I visited the country of Rice & Curry, the country of Buddhists & Rituals, the country of Elephants & Monkeys, … SRI LANKA! This 3 week holiday was one of the best holidays for me so far! I will tell you all about it in my later blogs and share my planning and tips with you!

The first Sri Lankan city that I wrote about is Anuradhapura! Check out my own experiences and must sees here: !

Packing List Backpacking

Hand luggage; documents and money

  • Passport
  • Copy passport
  • Printed travel tickets (airplane/train/etc)
  • Drivers license
  • Medical passport
  • Travel guide
  • Visa
  • Insurance card
  • Pen 
  • Wallet
  • Debit card
  • Creditcard
  • Waterproof bag for important documents
  • Note with emergency phone numbers in every bag
  • Fanny pack
  • Small bag

Hand luggage

  • Mobile phone
  • Charger mobile phone
  • Powerbank
  • Earphones
  • World plug
  • Sunglasses
  • E reader/books
  • Charger E reader 
  • Camera
  • Big water bottle
  • Earplugs for flying
  • Soundproof earplugs
  • Sleeping mask
  • Travel pills
  • Tissues
  • Magazine
  • Neck pillow
  • Birth control pill (extra)
  • Medicine if necessary

Backpack; medical

  • Anti mosquito spray
  • Betadine ointment
  • Treatment for diarrhea
  • First aid set
  • Azaron stick 
  • ORS
  • Tweezers
  • Painkillers

Backpack; toilet supplies

  • Shampoo 
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shaving stuff
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Sunscreen
  • Aftersun
  • Nail clipper
  • Hairbrush
  • Hairclips
  • Facial/hand cream
  • Make up
  • Make up remover
  • Cotton pads
  • Cotton buds
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Birth control pill

Backpack; clothes summer

When backpacking for around a month in places with the same temperature, you really only need a few sets of clothes (4/5). If you are planning to go hiking a lot, taking basic sport shirts with. You can wear these during both during hikes and during other activities.

Check on forehand if you are planning to go to places where there is a big temperature difference (for example climbing a mountain during the night to see the sunrise or visiting a mine and suchlike).

Try to leave enough space in your backpack for all your hand luggage as well. So that when you’re buying souvenirs, you can use your whole hand luggage-bag to store this.

  • Sportshirts
  • Shirts
  • Short sports pants
  • Long sports pants
  • Dress
  • Pyjamas
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Rainproof jacket
  • Sweater
  • Sarong
  • Bra’s

Backpack; bathing gear

  • Bikini/swimsuit
  • Towels
  • Washcloth
  • Flipflops

Backpack; additional

  • Music splitter
  • Padlock(s)
  • String with clothes pags
  • SD cards
  • Charger camera
  • Deck of cards
  • Other game
  • Copy passport
  • Flash light
  • Pocket knife
  • Tissues/toilet paper
  • Laundry detergent for travelling