17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Polonnaruwa
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Udawalawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
10
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
End: Colombo

2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pettah as well as Colombo Fort. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): look for gifts at Barefoot, stop by Stone 'N' String, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colombo Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple, pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, then look for gifts at Laksala, and finally hunt for treasures at Pettah.

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If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In July, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Historic Sites
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Barefoot ©
Barefoot
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String

1
night
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 3rd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, then don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, and finally appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Anuradhapura in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond ©
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 4th (Wed), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Naguleswaram Temple, then make a trip to Keerimalai Hot springs, and finally delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya. Here are some ideas for day two: hunt for treasures at Jaffna Market, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, and then appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Jaffna journey planning site.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping Museums
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Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya

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.
To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Trincomalee online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. You will leave for Polonnaruwa on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

few
hours
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 8th (Sun), delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Hatadage, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and finally delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa online journey planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya ©
Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla online trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

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 10th (Tue): stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Kandy view point, see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, then stop by Kandy City Center, then catch a live event at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, and finally don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip tool.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Parks Wildlife
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Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): look for gifts at Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, then experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and then stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Moon Plains, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip builder website.

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Shopping Parks Historic Sites
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Moon Plains ©
Moon Plains
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

1
night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at Lakpura.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawa road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawa takes 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Udawalawa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. You will leave for Galle on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Udawalawa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Lakpura
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

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nights
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 15th (Sun): stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Polhena Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, then look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, then stop by Cara Jewellers, and finally stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galle online trip maker.

Drive from Udawalawa to Galle in 3 hours. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to catch the train back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, Polhena Beach
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Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa ©
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

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