14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Nakhon Ratchasima
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  29​h
1
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: Nakhon Ratchasima

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Netolpitiya trip planner .

Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand to Netolpitiya is an approximately 145.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Nakhon Ratchasima to Netolpitiya, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Nakhon Ratchasima in March: highs in Netolpitiya hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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 29th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Jungle Beach and then stroll through Unawatuna Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Hikkaduwa, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Wildlife

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Jungle Beach, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ceylon Tea Museum and World Buddhist Museum. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hindagala Temple, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Hindagala Temple
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Popular historic sites such as Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Lankathilaka Image House are in your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Hurulu Eco Park and Kaudulla National Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polonnaruwa: The Golden Temple (in Dambulla) and Pethikada (in Sigiriya). There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage and don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Kandy to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Pethikada
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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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 6th (Fri): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online trip planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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