16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Ljubljana
Fly + Taxi:  18 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  4 h
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  19 h 15 min
End: Ljubljana

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.
On the 16th (Sun), stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery. On the next day, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy visit planning site.

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Kandy is an approximately 15.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Kandy. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Shopping Historic Sites Parks
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Tsunami Photo Museum and Orchid House. Shop till you drop at Lihiniya Gems and Sriyan Jewellers. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota), Dara Gems & Jewellery (in Moragalla) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, and look for gifts at Fort Art Jewels.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa holiday planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Shopping Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Kosgoda, Beruwala, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Tsunami Photo Museum
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Lihiniya Gems ©
Lihiniya Gems
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, then stop by Lanka Silks, then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and finally stroll through Dhilip De Alwis. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Habarana tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Hikkaduwa to Habarana takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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 23rd (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara, then kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee vacation planner.

Drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

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 25th (Tue): buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jaffna Market, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, then enjoy the sand and surf at Seven Wells Beach, and then kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Jaffna visit planner.

Drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach

3
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 Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, stroll through Wilpattu National Park, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya.

Make your Anuradhapura itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Jaffna to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

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