13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Singapore
+2
Subway + Fly + Taxi:  10 h 45 min
1
Mirissa
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
4
Udawalawe 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
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
8
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Subway:  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): stroll through Medawatta Beach, then kick back and relax 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 where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online journey maker.

Singapore, Singapore to Mirissa is an approximately 7.5- hour combination of subway, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2.5 hours traveling from Singapore to Mirissa. December in Mirissa sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough 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
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

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): stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, 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 23rd (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, then stroll through Ahungalla Beach, and finally browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa takes 1.5 hours. In December in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Jungle Beach, Ariyapala & Sons, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel to Udawalawe 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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary site.

Getting from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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): take in the pleasant sights at Medirigiriya Vatadage, don't miss a visit to Polonnaruwa, don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara, then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary website.

Getting from Udawalawe 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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

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, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip builder app.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaffna holiday planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

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

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 inner history buff will appreciate Sigiriya and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Get some cultural insight at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Anuradhapura: Sigiriya Museum (in Sigiriya) and Safaris (in Habarana). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, make a trip to Mihintale, and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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