13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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13 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Muscat
Fly + Drive:  14​h 45​min
1
Netolpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  10​h
End: Muscat

1
night
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Indika Art Gallery, kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and then explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Netolpitiya vacation trip planner.

Muscat, Oman to Netolpitiya is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Muscat to Netolpitiya due to the time zone difference. In October, daily temperatures in Netolpitiya can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Tangalle
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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.
Head to Tsunami Photo Museum and Cara Jewellersfor plenty of shopping. You'll explore and learn at Community Tsunami Museum and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, stop by Fashion Jewellery, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Galle itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Galle takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Shopping Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Tsunami Photo Museum, Community Tsunami Museum, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Spas & Wellness
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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 18th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip generator.

You can drive from Galle to Anuradhapura in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, then kick back and relax at Trincomalee Beach, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Trincomalee vacation trip planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Trincomalee Beach ©
Trincomalee Beach

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Kaudulla National Park. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and then delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kaudulla National Park
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, look for gifts at Kandy City Center, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. On the next day, explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

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

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