18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + taxi:  18​h 15​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Galle
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
7
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: Manchester

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Let the collections at Ceylon Tea Museum and World Buddhist Museum capture your imagination. And it doesn't end there: stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, make a trip to Magul Maduwa-, identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip itinerary builder .

Manchester, UK to Kandy is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Kandy is 5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get a sense of the local culture at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Museum-lovers will appreciate Sigiriya Museum and Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: The Golden Temple (in Dambulla) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya World Heritage Site & Pethikada). There's more to do: pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara and admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isurumuniya Temple and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, and finally look for gifts at Mackwoods Labookellie Tea Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Nuwara Eliya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
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Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon & Kayak and then delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Netolpitiya journey maker app .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Netolpitiya in 4.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Netolpitiya are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
For shopping fun, head to Cara Jewellers or Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Orchid House, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Galle trip planner .

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Galle takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Jungle Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
Find places to stay Jan 18 — 21:
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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.
On the 22nd (Tue), get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then stop by Barefoot, then stop by Stone 'N' String, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colombo planner .

Getting from Galle to Colombo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Barefoot ©
Barefoot

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