18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Zagreb
Fly + Taxi:  17​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1​h 30​min
2
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h 30​min
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
7
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Zagreb

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.
Visiting Royal Botanical Gardens and Elephant Freedom Project will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Udawattekele Sanctuary and Kandy War Cemetery. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Kandy journey planner .

Zagreb, Croatia to Kandy is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Zagreb to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Farm, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ahungalla Beach, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa online day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Sea Turtle Farm, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Mirissa online holiday builder .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In December in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can go by car to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Handunugoda Tea Estate, Kayaking & Canoeing
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park day trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Uda Walawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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 (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, then appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and finally contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, then make a trip to Isinbassagala, and finally delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate).

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

1
night
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 (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara, then steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort, then delve into the distant past at Kantharodai Viharaya, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Jaffna trip itinerary planning website .

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil ©
Naga Pooshani Ambal Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

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 5th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Velgam Vehera, tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Marble Beach and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee travel site .

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Passikudah Beach and Archaeological Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Polonnaruwa: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Habarana (Dambulla Cave Temple & Safaris). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa journey planning site .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. On the 10th (Fri), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

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