12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + taxi:  21​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kosgoda
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Sydney

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 24th (Sat): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Short Handed Statue, appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, then explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

Sydney, Australia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 22-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Anuradhapura. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Hurulu Eco Park and Kaudulla National Park. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Polonnaruwa. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, make a trip to Gal Vihara, and contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa travel planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madunagala Hermitage, and then kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Netolpitiya day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Netolpitiya takes 6 hours. In March in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kosgoda.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

2
nights
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then admire the natural beauty at Brief Garden - Bevis Bawa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kosgoda tour planning website .

Drive from Netolpitiya to Kosgoda in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Beruwala, Community Tsunami Museum, Ahungalla Beach
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

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