12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Beirut
Fly + Drive:  16​h 15​min
1
Kosgoda
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 45​min
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Beirut

1
day
Kosgoda

Kosgoda ©
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach.

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kosgoda trip planner .

Beirut, Lebanon to Kosgoda is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Beirut in February, with highs in Kosgoda at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kosgoda

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Protection Association
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2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Kosgoda to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery ©
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hurulu Eco Park and Gal Vihara. Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya), The Golden Temple (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins (in Polonnaruwa). Spend the 11th (Mon) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis, and see the interesting displays at Pethikada.

For ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana tour planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Habarana in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Gal Vihara
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and then identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker site .

Drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

3
nights
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 15th (Fri), make a trip to Kandy view point, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Keep things going the next day: browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder site .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Scuba & Snorkeling, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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