12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 day
2
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
3
Trincomalee
— 1 night
4
Habarana
— 3 nights
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
6
Arugam Bay
— 1 night
7
Yala National Park
— 1 night
8
Rekawa
— 1 night
9
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights

1
day
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 1st (Tue), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then walk around Galle Face Green.

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Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, and then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
night
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.
On the 3rd (Thu), kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

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You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Venture out of the city with trips to Dambulla (Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla, &more) and Pethikada (in Sigiriya). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana day trip site.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 7th (Mon), get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa, thenpause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip maker site.

Getting from Habarana to Polonnaruwa by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 8th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

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night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park online vacation builder.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park in 3 hours. In September in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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night
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Thu): kick back and relax at Kalametiya Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Rekawa day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Rekawa. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Kalametiya
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Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Sadee tours. On the 11th (Fri), look for gifts at Global Gems & Jewelery, shake up your sightseeing with Sadee tours, and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa road trip app.

Getting from Rekawa to Hikkaduwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. September in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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