12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Taxi:  18​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Paris

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 5th (Sun): make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy route planner.

Paris, France to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Paris to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): stroll through Passikudah Beach.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Kalkudah attractions planner.

Drive from Kandy to Kalkudah in 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

2
nights
Nilaveli

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery. On the next day, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Kalkudah to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Do some cultural sightseeing at The Golden Temple and Sigiriya World Heritage Site. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kaudulla National Park and Sigiriya Museum. Spend the 12th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Habarana travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Habarana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, make a trip to 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 find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura online road trip planner .

You can drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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