13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 day
2
Galle
— 4 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
5
Kandy
— 2 nights

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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): contemplate the long history of Wolvendaal Church, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, then stop by Jewel Qudsi, and finally look for gifts at Paradise Road.

To see reviews and tourist information, you can read our Colombo online travel planner.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, expect Colombo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Kosgoda Turtle Care. You'll explore and learn at Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Step out of Galle to go to Bentota and see Sea Turtle Protection Association, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: stop by Orchid House, examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Galle online trip builder.

Getting from Colombo to Galle by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Shopping · Parks

Side Trips

Kosgoda, Scuba & Snorkeling, Community Tsunami Museum, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex ©
Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project

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 29th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, then get outside with Eth Pokuna, and finally take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, see the interesting displays at Abhayagiri Museum, then steep yourself in history at The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya), and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Anuradhapura in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya) ©
The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya)
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. On the next day, find your balance on the water with Sail Lanka Charter, then stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee online trip maker.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 3rd (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally look for gifts at Kandy City Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then don't miss a visit 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.

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Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

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

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