16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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.
Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Mihintale. The adventure continues: pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and steep yourself in history at Short Handed Statue.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura road trip planning app.

Krakow, Poland to Anuradhapura is an approximately 20- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Krakow to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll through Hurulu Eco Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Habarana route maker tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Wed) to allow time for travel 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): make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and finally see the interesting displays 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, engage your brain at Maritime Archeology Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

For traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa vacation maker tool.

Getting from Habarana to Hikkaduwa by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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hours
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 10th (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, then 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. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Netolpitiya trip planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Netolpitiya in 1.5 hours. February in Netolpitiya sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kataragama.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Kataragama trip maker tool.

Drive from Netolpitiya to Kataragama in 2 hours. In February in Kataragama, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. 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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, then don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and finally stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Kataragama to Kandy in 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can 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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