16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  18 h
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  7 h 15 min
6
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
7
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  18 h 15 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and finally stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy sightseeing planner.

Sydney, Australia to Kandy is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, bus, flight, and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Sydney to Kandy, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Sun): admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and then get outside with Eth Pokuna.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura vacation planning website.

You can drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors 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)

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Wells Beach, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jaffna trip builder.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Beaches Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

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 2nd (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach, and finally kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu): make a trip to Fort Frederick, play a few rounds at Eagles' Golf Links, and then kick back and relax at Marble Beach.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Marble Beach ©
Marble Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Kalkudah online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

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 5th (Sat): kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). On the 6th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Medilla Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mawella Beach.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rekawa online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Rekawa takes 7 hours. In January, daytime highs in Rekawa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

3
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ahungalla Beach and Jungle Beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Fort Clock Tower. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Spas & Wellness). The adventure continues: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna online holiday planner.

You can drive from Rekawa to Unawatuna in 2 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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