17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
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): stop by Barefoot, look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, and then get to know the fascinating history of Colombo Fort. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malaka Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, then stop by Laksala, and finally browse the eclectic array of goods at Pettah.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colombo trip maker app .

If you are flying in from Australia, the closest major airports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to take a train 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.
On the 3rd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, then delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, and finally delve into the distant past at Short Handed Statue.

For more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip builder website .

Traveling by train from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train 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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naguleswaram Temple, then don't miss a visit 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, buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, and then pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna day trip planner .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by train takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

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

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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 plan Trincomalee vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Jaffna to Trincomalee by combination of train and taxi takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. On the 8th (Sun), you're off toPolonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Beaches Parks
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

few
hours
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hatadage, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, and finally appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive 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

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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): look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, stop by Kandy City Center, then admire all the interesting features of Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, and finally make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Wildlife Parks
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

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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.
On the 12th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, then relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple, then explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then take in the awesome beauty at Moon Plains, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

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

1
night
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then identify plant and animal life at Udawalawa Safari.

To see photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Udawalawa online journey planner .

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawa in 4 hours. In July in Udawalawa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. You'll set off for Galle on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC
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Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC ©
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC

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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): look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, then look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Polhena Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, then stop by Cara Jewellers, and finally stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Galle travel planner .

You can drive from Udawalawa to Galle in 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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