16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Amsterdam
Fly + Taxi:  17 h 15 min
1
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Galle
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dambulla Cave Temple and Siva Devalaya (No 1). Your inner history buff will appreciate Lankathilaka Image House and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. When in Polonnaruwa, make a side trip to see Passikudah Beach in Kalkudah, approximately Kalkudah away. And it doesn't end there: get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, don't miss a visit to Thuparama, and appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara.

To find more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa attractions website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 17.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla Cave Temple, Passikudah Beach
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

2
nights
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 14th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, and finally contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort. On the 17th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Jaffna vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Museums
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In April, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park
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Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Beruwala Beach and Ahungalla Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dutch Reformed Church and Spas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Hikkaduwa (Scuba & Snorkeling & Community Tsunami Museum) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara and stop by Yasiru Spice Shack.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle travel tool.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In April in Galle, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Spas, Beruwala Beach, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
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Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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