17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 1 night
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
3
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
4
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
5
Kalkudah
— 1 night
6
Rekawa
— 1 night
7
Unawatuna
— 4 nights

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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thendon't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy travel route builder.

London, UK to Kandy is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 13th (Thu), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, thenstroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and finally stroll through Hurulu Eco Park.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Habarana road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Pethikada
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Isurumuniya Temple and Ranmasu Uyana. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Abhayagiri Dagaba are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Anuradhapura using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Nilaveli.

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
Abhayagiri Dagaba ©
Abhayagiri Dagaba

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, thenstroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Uppuveli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Marble Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Trincomalee Beach.

Before you visit Nilaveli, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

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

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kalkudah trip site.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Rekawa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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.
On the 21st (Fri), kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, thenexplore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, thenstroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary and then visit a coastal fixture at Dondra Head Lighthouse.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Rekawa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Rekawa takes 7 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rekawa can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Dondra Head Lighthouse ©
Dondra Head Lighthouse
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Jungle Beach. Relax by the water at Ahungalla Beach and Mirissa Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Unawatuna: Sea Turtle Protection Association (in Bentota) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. In December in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 26th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Sea Turtle Protection Association, Ahungalla Beach, Dutch Reformed Church, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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