13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  8​h
1
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Haputale
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Mumbai

2
nights
Tissamaharama

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Tissa Dagoba and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. On your second day here, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

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

Mumbai, India to Tissamaharama is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in June, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): stop by Cara Jewellers, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and finally view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Bentota Bazaar and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa route maker tool .

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. June in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Cara Jewellers, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Bazaar, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get great views at Lipton’s Seat and then take in the spiritual surroundings of St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, use the Haputale day trip planning app .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Haputale in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kalkudah route planning app .

You can drive from Haputale to Kalkudah in 5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors Beaches Parks
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

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 8th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Isurumuniya Temple and Safaris. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Habarana (Dambulla Cave Temple & Spas) and sigiri art gallery (in Sigiriya). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, sigiri art gallery
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Safaris
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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