13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: London
Fly:  16 h 15 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Negombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12 h 30 min
End: London

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 14th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, thensnap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip planner.

London, UK to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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 16th (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), don't miss a visit to Sandakada Pahana, don't miss a visit to Thuparama, thenexplore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, thenpause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa road trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana

1
night
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, thentake in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. In February in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

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.
On the 19th (Wed), kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then cast your line with a fishing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, thendon't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Unawatuna online tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Unawatuna in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Degaldoruwa Temple, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Kandy online holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Explore hidden gems such as Dolphin & Whale Watching and The Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Negombo to Colombo to see Galle Face Green about 58 minutes away. There's lots more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Negombo Beach, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and look for gifts at LUV SL Negombo.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Negombo road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Negombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus. In February, daytime highs in Negombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Galle Face Green
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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