11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  17​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  21​h 15​min
End: Zagreb

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

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Zagreb, Croatia to Kandy is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Escape the urban bustle at Mirissa Beach and Jungle Beach. Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Galle to go to Mirissa and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Unawatuna Beach and stop by Embark.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park and then take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

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Traveling by car from Galle to Polonnaruwa takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and then head outdoors with Eth Pokuna. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, then explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

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Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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