16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Vilnius
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  18​h 30​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
4
Jaffna
— 3 nights
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Dambulla
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  22​h
End: Vilnius

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Commonwealth War Cemetery and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

For maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy trip planner .

Vilnius, Lithuania to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Vilnius to Kandy. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Weijantha Prasada, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Trincomalee using our trip planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 14th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Jaffna.

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
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 15th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Casuarina Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Jaffna trip builder website .

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©

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 17th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, then delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura road trip planner .

Traveling by train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Dagoba of Thuparama ©
Dagoba of Thuparama

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla journey planner .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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