16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Krakow
Fly + Drive:  22​h 30​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Kataragama
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Krakow

3
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.
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Isurumuniya Temple. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online route planner .

Krakow, Poland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Krakow to Anuradhapura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 5th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and then look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at The Golden Temple, then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Habarana trip itinerary website .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and finally examine the collection at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, then learn more about the world around you at Maritime Archeology Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Hikkaduwa trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Habarana to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

few
hours
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
On the 11th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

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Traveling by car from Mirissa to Netolpitiya takes 1.5 hours. February in Netolpitiya sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Wildlife Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

1
night
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. On the 13th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Kataragama vacation website .

Getting from Netolpitiya to Kataragama by car takes about 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Kataragama can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Kataragama

Historic Sites
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama 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.
On the 14th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and finally look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Kandy online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kataragama to Kandy takes 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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