17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
3
Jaffna
— 2 nights
4
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
7
Galle
— 3 nights

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get some cultural insight at Lankathilaka Image House and Dambulla Cave Temple. Sigiriya and Dalada Maluwa will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Polonnaruwa: Passikudah Beach (in Kalkudah) and Safaris (in Habarana). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, take in the spiritual surroundings of Siva Devalaya (No 1), make a trip to Gal Vihara, and contemplate the long history of Gal Potha.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip planner.

London, UK to Polonnaruwa is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Habarana, Passikudah Beach, Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenkick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach, and then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee day trip planning website.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, and then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Kovalam Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, thendelve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Jaffna day trip site.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Jaffna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 6th (Sun), make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, thencontemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and finally delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa, make a trip to Kirinda Viharaya, and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tissamaharama vacation planning app.

Fly from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Kataragama Temple, Kirinda Viharaya, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Safaris

2
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.
On the 10th (Thu), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, thenexplore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, and finally look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

You can fly from Tissamaharama to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, thencontemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, thenkick back and relax at Beruwala Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

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Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in September, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Ahungalla Beach, Beruwala Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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