20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Copenhagen
Fly + Taxi:  17 h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
4
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
7
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Anuradhapura
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h 30 min
End: Copenhagen

1
night
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 6th (Fri): look for gifts at Prema Brothers, then make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy sightseeing planner.

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kandy is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also fly; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Museums
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Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Lankatilaka Temple ©
Lankatilaka Temple
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

2
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, stop by Embark, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Shoba, stop by Orchid House, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip site.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Shopping Spas Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Orchid House ©
Orchid House
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate

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.
On the 10th (Tue), pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church, then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, then make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory , and finally admire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and finally admire the natural beauty at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Nuwara Eliya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay.

For other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay online visit planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Magul Maha Viharaya ©
Magul Maha Viharaya

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Dalada Maluwa, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, then delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally don't miss a visit to Gal Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Kumara Pokuna, contemplate the long history of Gal Potha, make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, then steep yourself in history at Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, then steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Polonnaruwa trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, make a trip to Fort Frederick, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally kick back and relax at Marble Beach.

For photos and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip builder tool.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Scuba & Snorkeling

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 17th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, browse the different shops at Cargills Square, then get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, then contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Kayts Causeway, then admire the landmark architecture of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Jaffna online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort

5
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ruwanwelisaya and Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Kekirawa to see Avukana Buddha Statue about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wilpattu National Park, don't miss a visit to Vessagiriya Ruins, and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura route planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Avukana Buddha Statue
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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