14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
5
Colombo
— 3 nights

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy Lake. Step off the beaten path and head to Udawattekele Sanctuary and Raja Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Victoria Golf & Country Resort (in Rajawella) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, and stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery.

To find reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary site.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Kandy, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step out of the city life by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Minneriya National Park. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Gal Potha and Lankathilaka Image House. Next up on the itinerary: get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and delve into the distant past at Weijantha Prasada.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa sightseeing planner.

Drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach and then find your balance on the water with Sail Lanka Charter. On the next day, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Sail Lanka Charter ©
Sail Lanka Charter
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
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 26th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, then don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and finally explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura route builder app.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

3
nights
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.
On the 28th (Sat), stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Colombo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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