12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Kalkudah
— 1 night
3
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
4
Habarana
— 3 nights
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 night

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.
On the 5th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, thenappreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see photos, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Kandy journey tool.

Paris, France to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Paris to Kandy is 4.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 7th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Passikudah Beach.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kalkudah travel route tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Kalkudah takes 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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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): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick and then enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli day trip planning tool.

Drive from Kalkudah to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Beaches Parks

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Golden Temple of Dambulla and Sigiriya Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Kaudulla National Park and Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Habarana journey planner.

You can drive from Nilaveli to Habarana in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
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.
On the 14th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

Plan trip to Anuradhapura with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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