11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly + Taxi:  10​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  11​h
End: Kuala Lumpur

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy vacation builder website .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Kandy is an approximately 11-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Malaysia Time (MYT) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Minneriya National Park. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, then see the interesting displays at Pethikada, then stop by Lanka Silks, and finally Head underground at The Golden Temple.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana travel planning website .

Drive from Kandy to Habarana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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.
On the 27th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. On the next day, examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, and then kick back and relax at Marble Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Trincomalee attractions planner.

Getting from Habarana to Trincomalee by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 29th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, then take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and then contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaffna trip itinerary site .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Museums
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Archaeological Museum ©
Jaffna Archaeological Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: gain insight at Short Handed Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip tool .

Take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 1st (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Samadhi Statue ©
Samadhi Statue

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