21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 3 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
4
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
5
Netolpitiya
— 3 nights
6
Galle
— 5 nights

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanical Gardens and Victoria Golf & Country Resort. Head to Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Centerfor plenty of shopping. There's still lots to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Kandy online route planner.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Golf · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Victoria Golf & Country Resort, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Isurumuniya Temple and Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna). Do some cultural sightseeing at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Samadhi Statue. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary builder site.

Getting from Kandy to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

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.
Visit Trincomalee War Cemetery and Koneswaram Temple for their historical value. Get a sense of the local culture at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and Hoods Tower Museum. Go for a jaunt from Trincomalee to Nilaveli to see Pigeon Island National Park about 56 minutes away. It doesn't end there: glide peacefully along the water with Sail Lanka Charter and enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach.

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

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Pigeon Island National Park
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Sail Lanka Charter ©
Sail Lanka Charter
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Visiting Golden Temple of Dambulla and Minneriya National Park will get you outdoors. Head to Karu Arts & Crafts and Pethikadafor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, and delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Pethikada, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
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Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, view the masterpieces at Indika Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa).

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Netolpitiya tour planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Netolpitiya in 6.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Netolpitiya are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)

5
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tsunami Photo Museum and Galle Fort. Step out of the city life by going to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center and Jungle Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Dara Gems & Jewellery (in Moragalla) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, stop by Embark, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galle planning site.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Galle in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Shopping · Beaches

Side Trips

Dara Gems & Jewellery, Jungle Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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