12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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12 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: New Delhi

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 14th (Thu), see the interesting displays at Abhayagiri Museum, then make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and finally explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura itinerary builder.

New Delhi, India to Anuradhapura is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana
Abhayagiri Museum ©
Abhayagiri Museum

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, then admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Polonnaruwa custom trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park

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 17th (Sun), explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Mon): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

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

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Museums Wildlife
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mawella Beach. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Birds Research Center & Resort.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Netolpitiya travel itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Netolpitiya takes 6 hours. December in Netolpitiya sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Birds Research Center & Resort
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Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Indika Art Gallery ©
Indika Art Gallery

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get in touch with nature at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Ahungalla Beach. Get some cultural insight at Tsunami Photo Museum and Community Tsunami Museum. Step out of Galle to go to Ahangama and see Handunugoda Tea Estate, which is approximately 36 minutes away. The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church and stop by Cara Jewellers.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner.

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Galle in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Community Tsunami Museum, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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