17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Belgrade
Fly + Taxi:  16 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h
5
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  20 h 45 min
End: Belgrade

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.
On the 17th (Sat), take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary maker site.

Belgrade, Serbia to Kandy is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Belgrade to Kandy, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 19th (Mon), take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, then don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya attractions tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Gal Vihara and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polonnaruwa: Hurulu Eco Park (in Habarana), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Sigiriya (Pethikada & Sigiriya). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House and make a trip to Sandakada Pahana.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa road trip website.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Polonnaruwa takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Hurulu Eco Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and finally explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna).

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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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): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort and then relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, then look for gifts at Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and finally stop by Cara Jewellers.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galle journey builder tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Jungle Beach, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Wed): meet the residents at Snake Farm.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Snake Farm
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Snake Farm ©
Snake Farm

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
On the 30th (Fri), stroll through Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Medaketiya Activity Beach. On the 31st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Medilla Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Netolpitiya road trip planning tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Netolpitiya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach

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