16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Anthony's Church Kochikade Colombo, don't miss a visit to Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary planning app .

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Colombo is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In February, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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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): explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Hurulu Eco Park, then look for gifts at Lanka Silks, and finally examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trip

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

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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 Vatadage and Weijantha Prasada. Popular historic sites such as Polonnaruwa and Thivanka Image House are in your itinerary. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, don't miss a visit to Somawathiya Stupa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa holiday planning tool .

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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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

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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.
On the 21st (Wed), explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Victoria Golf & Country Resort, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Golf

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Feb 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
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): browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Medaketiya Beach, and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Mawella Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Madunagala Hermitage, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Netolpitiya route website .

You can drive from Kandy to Netolpitiya in 6 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
Find places to stay Feb 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Netolpitiya to Galle by car takes about 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa
Find places to stay Feb 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Weherahena Buddhist Temple, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and then view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum.

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Unawatuna is just a stone's throw from Galle. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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