13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 day
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Melbourne

1
day
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Wolvendaal Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, then look for gifts at Jewel Qudsi, and finally look for gifts at Paradise Road.

To find photos and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Colombo is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much warmer in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Jewel Qudsi ©
Jewel Qudsi
Wolvendaal Church ©
Wolvendaal Church
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil ©
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsunami Photo Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Head to Orchid House and Shobafor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Kosgoda (Kosgoda Turtle Care & Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project). There's lots more to do: stop by Lihiniya Gems, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle travel route planning tool .

Drive from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Tsunami Photo Museum, Community Tsunami Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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.
On the 29th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, then head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and finally snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, then examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, then explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planner .

Getting from Galle to Anuradhapura by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

2
nights
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 1st (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. Keep things going the next day: choose your vessel at Sail Lanka Charter, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Velgam Vehera.

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Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sail Lanka Charter ©
Sail Lanka Charter
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally stop by Kandy City Center. Keep things going the next day: go all around town with City Tours, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kandy in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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