6 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

6 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Make it your trip
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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Drive to Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura
— 1 day
Taxi to Katugastota, Fly to Koggala
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Galle
— 1 night
Fly
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Kandy
— 1 night
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Drive to Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport, Fly to Newark Liberty International Airport, Drive to Newark

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Anuradhapura

— 1 day
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 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, then admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura day trip planner.

Newark, USA to Anuradhapura is an approximately 27-hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from Newark to Anuradhapura, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites

Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): look for gifts at Lihiniya Gems, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Galle takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In February, daytime highs in Galle are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 74°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Side Trip

Kandy

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Shopping · Nature · Parks

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.