20 days in Sri Lanka, Rantepao & Tanna Island Itinerary

20 days in Sri Lanka, Rantepao & Tanna Island Itinerary

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20 days in Sri Lanka, Rantepao & Tanna Island Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Fly + Taxi:  16​h 30​min
1
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​h
2
Rantepao, Indonesia
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​h
3
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  33​h
5
Tanna Island, Vanuatu
— 1 day
Fly:  41​h
End: Lisbon, Portugal

3
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Lankatilaka Temple. Discover out-of-the-way places like Kandy War Cemetery and Raja Museum. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, admire the striking features of Embekke Devalaya, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary builder .

Lisbon, Portugal to Kandy is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Lisbon to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Rantepao.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trip

Embekke Devalaya
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©

2
nights
Rantepao, Indonesia

Rantepao ©
Rantepao, the main town in the Tana Toraja region, remains an unassuming destination where urban streets blend with country roads and lead to traditional villages and small farms.
On the 11th (Thu), make a trip to Batutumongga and then take a stroll through Toraja Village. On your second day here, stroll the grounds of Kuburan Batu Lemo, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kete Kesu Village, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Londa Burial Caves.

To see maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Rantepao tour itinerary planning website .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Rantepao takes 290 hours. Traveling from Kandy to Rantepao, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Rantepao

Neighborhoods Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kuburan Batu Lemo
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Londa Burial Caves ©
Londa Burial Caves
Toraja Village ©
Toraja Village
Kuburan Batu Lemo ©
Kuburan Batu Lemo

5
nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sigiriya and Somawathiya Stupa. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Trincomalee War Cemetery and King’s Council Chamber. Venture out of the city with trips to Trincomalee (Mamangam Temple & Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple), Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Lankathilaka Image House, Hetadage, & more). There's more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

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Drive from Rantepao to Sigiriya in 291 hours. Traveling from Rantepao to Sigiriya, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Trincomalee, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Spas
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Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
nights
Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

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 20th (Sat), steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Tanna Island.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
day
Tanna Island, Vanuatu

Tanna Island ©
On the 23rd (Tue), get impressive views of Mount Yasur.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tanna Island day trip app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Anuradhapura to Tanna Island. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Anuradhapura to Tanna Island due to the time zone difference. In June, daytime highs in Tanna Island are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Tanna Island

Parks Nature
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Mount Yasur ©
Mount Yasur

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