16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Amsterdam
Fly:  14 h
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
4
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Galle
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Amsterdam

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
We've included these beaches for you: Panadura Beach and Negombo Beach. Get in touch with nature at Dolphin & Whale Watching and River Rafting & Tubing. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Wadduwa Beach (in Wadduwa), Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara) and Safaris (in Negombo). There's much more to do: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stop by Urban Island, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Colombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Amsterdam to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Amsterdam in April, things will get much warmer in Colombo: highs are around 39°C and lows about 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo, Panadura Beach, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Wadduwa Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
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 16th (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum, then see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

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Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Trincomalee in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Museums Tours Outdoors
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Shark Diving
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Hoods Tower Museum ©
Hoods Tower Museum

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 18th (Sat): get outside with Eth Pokuna, then make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, then don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura travel planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna

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.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala birds paradise. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Dutch Reformed Church and Ahungalla Beach. Get in touch with nature at Beruwala Beach and Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda) and Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, and steep yourself in history at Meera Mosque.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in April, and nighttime lows around 30°C. On the 25th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Fishing Charters & Tours, Ahungalla Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Beruwala Beach ©
Beruwala Beach

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