12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  18​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  20​h 45​min
End: Ljubljana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

For reviews and other tourist information, read our Kandy road trip site .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Kandy is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 25th (Tue), admire nature's wide array of creatures at Snake Farm.

For more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa road trip planning app .

Getting from Kandy to Mirissa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Medilla Beach and then stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Netolpitiya online trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mirissa to Netolpitiya in 1.5 hours. In December in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach

1
night
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa itinerary planner .

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya route planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 30th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, then make a trip to Gal Vihara, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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 31st (Mon): make a trip to Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, then delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

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