14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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14 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Doha
Fly + taxi:  12​h 45​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h
4
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Doha

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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then appreciate the history behind Abhayagiri Dagoba, and finally explore the ancient world of Short Handed Statue.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura vacation planner.

Doha, Qatar to Anuradhapura is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Arabia Standard Time (AST) to India Standard Time (IST) is 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

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

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 13th (Fri), explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then stroll through Trincomalee Beach, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Nilaveli Beach and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Trincomalee sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) 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 15th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya Museum, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Community Tsunami Museum and Tsunami Photo Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. Step out of Galle with an excursion to Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio in Hikkaduwa--about 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle vacation planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Galle by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

3
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.
Get outdoors at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Lake. For shopping fun, head to Jayamali Batiks Studio or Kandy City Center. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, look for gifts at Gamini Gem & Jewellery, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kandy itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Galle to Kandy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 23rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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