17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Osaka
Fly + Taxi:  13​h 30​min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Taxi + Train:  2​h 15​min
7
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Osaka

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 17th (Mon), stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy itinerary planning app .

Osaka, Japan to Kandy is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Japan Standard Time (JST) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -3 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm, then stroll through Ahungalla Beach, then view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, and finally examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center, then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and finally kick back and relax at Narigama Beach.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa attractions planner.

Getting from Kandy to Hikkaduwa by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In February in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ahungalla, Tsunami Photo Museum, Sea Turtle Farm, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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 (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatala Wehera.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama trip builder .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Yatala Wehera ©
Yatala Wehera

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 22nd (Sat): take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, then explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, and finally explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Keep things going the next day: get outside with Eth Pokuna, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and then explore the historical opulence of The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya).

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura online itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
The Royal Palace (Vijayabahu Maligaya) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

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 24th (Mon): learn about all things military at Orr's Hill Army Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and then kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Tue): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Shark Diving
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Popular historic sites such as Lankathilaka Image House and Dalada Maluwa are in your itinerary. Get a sense of the local culture at King’s Council Chamber and Siva Devalaya (No 1). Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Safaris (in Habarana) and Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Somawathiya Stupa, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Passikudah Beach, Safaris
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

3
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.
On the 29th (Sat), explore the world behind art at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Panadura Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple. Keep things going the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Colombo route tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and train from Polonnaruwa to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Panadura Beach, Scuba & Snorkeling
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

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