16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Kuala Lumpur
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
6
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
8
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, make a trip to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colombo travel route site.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Colombo is an approximately 7- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo, you'll gain 2.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque ©
Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque

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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 15th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

Make your Anuradhapura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and finally examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya tour planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. You will leave for Polonnaruwa on the 18th (Sun).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Polonnaruwa and Lankathilaka Image House. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Polonnaruwa Vatadage and King’s Council Chamber. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada, don't miss a visit to Somawathiya Stupa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rankoth Vehera, and explore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa road trip planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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

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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 21st (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu): tee off at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy route maker app.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
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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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Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, then kick back and relax at Medaketiya Activity Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mawella Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madunagala Hermitage, and then stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

For maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Netolpitiya driving holiday planning app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Netolpitiya takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Mawella Beach ©
Mawella Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Galle online road trip planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Galle in 1.5 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
On the 28th (Wed), stroll through Mirissa Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Weherahena Buddhist Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. On the 1st (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach and then take in the exciting artwork at Tsunami Photo Museum.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip maker site.

Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Galle. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can catch the train back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Weherahena Buddhist Temple, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach, Mirissa Beach
Find places to stay Feb 27 — Mar 1:
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Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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