11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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11 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + Taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  9​h
End: New Delhi

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary website

New Delhi, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) 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

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage and then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online trip maker

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
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Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
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.
On the 26th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stop by Kandy City Center, and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, make a trip to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary builder tool

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

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

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Netolpitiya trip itinerary planner

Drive from Kandy to Netolpitiya in 6 hours. December in Netolpitiya sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Dutch Reformed Church. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Lihiniya Gems and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda) and Mirissa (Speed Boats Tours & Spas & Wellness). It doesn't end there: stop by Embark.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle travel planner

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Galle takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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