16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bengaluru
Fly + taxi:  10​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Bengaluru

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.
Get in touch with nature at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) and Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Dagoba of Thuparama. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, get outside with Eth Pokuna, make a trip to Isinbassagala, and explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip planning website .

Bengaluru, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach and then kick back and relax at Marble Beach.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee online itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): choose your vessel at Sail Lanka Charter and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

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Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to travel to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Appreciate the collections at Sigiriya Museum and Pethikada. Get in touch with nature at Kaudulla National Park and Hurulu Eco Park. And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip maker app .

Drive from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
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Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, then examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kandy road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Museums
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery and then enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Netolpitiya holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Netolpitiya takes 6 hours. In August in Netolpitiya, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
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 17th (Fri): examine the collection at Sri Vijayarama Viharaya, identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, then learn more about the world around you at Maritime Archeology Museum, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Hikkaduwa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Museums Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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