17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, and finally make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Kandy route builder app .

Belgrade, Serbia to Kandy is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. Traveling from Belgrade to Kandy, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time 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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Keep things going the next day: admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, then pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, then make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory , and finally explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online trip builder .

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 1.5 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Gal Vihara and Lankathilaka Image House. Venture out of the city with trips to The Golden Temple (in Dambulla), Hurulu Eco Park (in Habarana) and Sigiriya (Pethikada & Sigiriya World Heritage Site). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, and explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa online holiday planner .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Polonnaruwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and finally make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna).

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
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: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stroll through Unawatuna Beach, 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.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Galle online road trip planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Galle in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. 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 Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Jungle Beach
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): meet the residents at Snake Farm.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online trip builder .

You can drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to 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

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Medaketiya Activity Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Medilla Beach, kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Netolpitiya trip planner.

Getting from Mirissa to Netolpitiya by car takes about 1.5 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Netolpitiya can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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