14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  20​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
5
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

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.
On the 16th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura vacation maker tool .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 21-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Hoods Tower Museum. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nilaveli Beach and Marble Beach. Next up on the itinerary: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee travel route planner .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Sigiriya Museum and Pethikada. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Gal Vihara. Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Minneriya National Park (in Habarana) and The Golden Temple (in Dambulla). There's more to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa day trip app .

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery will appeal to history buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ceylon Tea Museum and World Buddhist Museum. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 26th (Thu), examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at All Saints Anglican Church, and finally examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. On your second day here, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Embark, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

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

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trips

Community Tsunami Museum, Spas & Wellness, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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