19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Durban
Fly + Drive:  23 h 45 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  4 h 15 min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  22 h 30 min
End: Durban

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.
Get some cultural insight at Isurumuniya Temple and Samadhi Statue. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Dagoba of Thuparama. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

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Durban, South Africa to Anuradhapura is an approximately 25- hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Durban to Anuradhapura is 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Lankathilaka Image House. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Weijantha Prasada and Polonnaruwa. Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Sigiriya (Pethikada & Sigiriya Museum) and Habarana (Kaudulla National Park & Hurulu Eco Park). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa online tour planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Habarana
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

3
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 24th (Wed), take an exotic tour of Lakpura and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Udawalawe Trails.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park tour builder tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Explore hidden gems such as Bundala National Park and Indika Art Gallery. Step out of the city life by going to Tangalle Lagoon and Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find out how to plan a trip to Netolpitiya, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Netolpitiya by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Netolpitiya can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and finally stroll through Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project. On the next day, pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa online route planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Hikkaduwa in 2 hours. January in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Spas & Wellness, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate World Buddhist Museum and Ceylon Tea Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy War Cemetery. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Hikkaduwa to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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