20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
7
Jaffna
— 2 nights
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.
On the 6th (Fri), stop by Prema Brothers, then don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery. On the 7th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Kandy vacation planning site .

Copenhagen, Denmark to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Copenhagen to Kandy. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time 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 ©
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, stop by Embark, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Shoba, stop by Orchid House, then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Hatchery Centre Mahamodara, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna tour planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Shopping Spas Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Embark ©
Embark
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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 10th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, then admire the natural beauty at Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, then don't miss a visit to Pedro Tea Factory , and finally admire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: 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.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Unawatuna to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive 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
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

1
night
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip planning website .

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, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
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), steep yourself in history at Dalada Maluwa, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, then explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara. On your second day here, make a trip to Kumara Pokuna, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha, make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, then contemplate the long history of Thivanka Image House, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Polonnaruwa in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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): stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. On the 16th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at 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 enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee online day trip planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
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), take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, then browse the collection at Jaffna Public Library, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Wed): hike along Kayts Causeway, admire the striking features of Nagadeepa Rajamaha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna road trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Jaffna takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and look for all kinds of wild species at Wilpattu National Park.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner .

You can take a train from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Historic Sites 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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