13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Uda Walawe National Park
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Trincomalee
— 1 night
7
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Singapore

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mirissa online journey planner .

Singapore, Singapore to Mirissa is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Singapore to Mirissa due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Medawatta Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the interesting displays at Ariyapala & Sons, and finally see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then stroll through Ahungalla Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ariyapala & Sons, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

1
night
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 25th (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Uda Walawe National Park trip website .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Uda Walawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Uda Walawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Medirigiriya Vatadage, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa online day trip planner .

Getting from Uda Walawe National Park to Polonnaruwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

1
night
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip maker tool .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, then explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To see traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

4
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sigiriya and Isurumuniya Temple. Your inner history buff will appreciate Golden Temple of Dambulla and Ritigala Forest Monastery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anuradhapura: Safaris (in Habarana) and Sigiriya Museum (in Sigiriya). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Safaris, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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