13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + taxi:  17​h
1
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Haputale
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  3​h
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
6
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
7
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Manchester

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara and then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5 hours. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Manchester in May: high temperatures in Hikkaduwa hover around 38°C and lows are around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sun): experience rural life at Dambatenne Tea Factory and then get great views at Lipton’s Seat.

For reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Haputale trip itinerary planner .

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. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Dambatenne Tea Factory ©
Dambatenne Tea Factory

2
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then don't miss a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Siva Devalaya (No 1), appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Habarana tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Haputale to Habarana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip maker .

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Spas
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Spas

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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 6th (Sat): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama road trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In June, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

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.
You've now added Udawattekele Sanctuary to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Red Mosque. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, and finally explore the galleries of Gunatilake Batiks.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy route builder tool .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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