17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dhaka City
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  10​h 15​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Dhaka City

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.
Do your shopping at Tsunami Photo Museum and Lak Gems & Jewellery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ahungalla Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Hikkaduwa side-trips: Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Hatchery.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Hatchery, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Galle Fort
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla 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.
World Buddhist Museum and Kandy Brasswear Village will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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 2nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, then appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagaba, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura travel planner .

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

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 4th (Mon), brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, then see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera, then learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip site .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
Highlights from your plan
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Lankathilaka Image House and Polonnaruwa Vatadage are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: Ancient City of Sigiriya (in Sigiriya), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gal Potha, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, and take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

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