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.