17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Exeter
+3
train + Fly + foot + bus:  19​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 30​min
3
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Anuradhapura
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + train:  20​h 15​min
End: Exeter

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Knuckles Forest Reserve. Do some cultural sightseeing at Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy Lake. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

To find ratings and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online journey planner .

Exeter, UK to Kandy is an approximately 20-hour combination of train, flight, and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Exeter to Kandy, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Sep 18 — 21:
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Escape the urban bustle at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Scuba & Snorkeling. Step out of Galle to go to Mirissa and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 46 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle sightseeing app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. September in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Safaris and Gal Vihara. Get some cultural insight at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Get out of town with these interesting Habarana side-trips: Polonnaruwa (Gal Potha & Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins). Spend the 26th (Thu) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Habarana road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Habarana in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
nights
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 28th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and finally see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach, admire the landmark architecture of Velgam Vehera, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Lakshmi Narayana Perumal Kovil, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

4
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Ruwanwelisaya. Get a sense of the local culture at Ritigala Forest Monastery and Isurumuniya Temple. And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, identify plant and animal life at Wilpattu National Park, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura route builder .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife
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Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park

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