16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  17 h 45 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
5
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h
7
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 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.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), thendon't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and finally don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip builder site.

London, UK to Anuradhapura is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Dhilip De Alwis. Get some historical perspective at Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Spend the 15th (Sat) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Habarana trip planner.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
On the 18th (Tue), kick back and relax at Uppuveli, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, and finally admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally kick back and relax at Marble Beach.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Trincomalee online vacation builder.

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
On the 20th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Coconut Cultural Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kalkudah online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

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

1
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 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), enjoy the sand and surf at Amanwella Silent Beach, thenkick back and relax at Medilla Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, and then hit the best photo ops around with Kalametiya Lagoon Bird Sanctuary & Wetland Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Rekawa holiday planning app.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Rekawa in 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): stroll through Mirissa Beach, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online trip maker.

Getting from Rekawa to Unawatuna by car takes about 2 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenexplore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On the 26th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, thenmake a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy tour planner.

Fly from Unawatuna to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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