22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + taxi:  19​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
5
Kandy
— 5 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Paris

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 historical perspective at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ruwanwelisaya and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Spend the 25th (Mon) exploring nature at Wilpattu National Park. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura vacation planner .

Paris, France to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Paris to Anuradhapura. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Visiting Safaris and Golden Temple of Dambulla will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins and Gal Potha. Explore Polonnaruwa's surroundings by going to Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Ancient City of Sigiriya (in Sigiriya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and don't miss a visit to Hetadage.

Make your Polonnaruwa itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

4
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.
Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm will get you outdoors. Visit Kande Viharaya and Galle Fort for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Unawatuna (Scuba & Snorkeling & Jungle Beach) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). There's lots more to do: view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, and make a trip to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa holiday maker website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Hikkaduwa in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bentota, Unawatuna, Galle, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kande Viharaya
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll explore and learn at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and Art Batiks. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip builder website .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Tangalle, Galle, Art Batiks
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

5
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.
Let the collections at World Buddhist Museum and Arankelle Ancient Monastery capture your imagination. Visit Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple (in Matale), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium) and Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle). There's much more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, and don't miss a visit to Lankatilaka Temple.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Arankelle Ancient Monastery, Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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