11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Perth
Fly + taxi:  19​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
3
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  15​h
End: Perth

1
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planning website .

Perth, Australia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

2
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 31st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and then identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Kaudulla National Park.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Galle.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore hidden gems such as Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Dutch Reformed Church. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Cara Jewellers and Exotic Roots. Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Ahungalla Beach in Ahungalla, about 1h 05 min away. It doesn't end there: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Galle by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Spas & Wellness, Ahungalla Beach, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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 6th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally stop by Kandy City Center. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Wildlife Parks
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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