15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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15 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Ljubljana
+2
shuttle + Fly + taxi:  19​h 15​min
1
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
train:  3​h
2
Jaffna
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
6
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Ljubljana

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Maha Boodhi Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take in the spiritual surroundings of Isurumuniya Temple, then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, then pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagoba, and finally make a trip to Isinbassagala.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

Ljubljana, Slovenia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Ljubljana to Anuradhapura due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

#Historic Sites, #Nature, #Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple ©
Sri Maha Boodhi Temple
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get lost in a book at Jaffna Public Library, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, then take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Jaffna trip tool .

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 8th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Museums
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Jaffna Public Library ©
Jaffna Public Library

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, don't miss a visit to Fort Frederick, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Marble Beach.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planner .

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) to allow 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
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

4
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Step off the beaten path and head to Gal Vihara and Pethikada. Venture out of the city with trips to Minneriya National Park (in Habarana), The Golden Temple (in Dambulla) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya World Heritage Site & Pidurangala Rock). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage and steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa travel planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

#Nature, #Parks, #Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Sigiriya World Heritage Site
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
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 14th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Kandy journey planner.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Embark, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, relax in the rural setting at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Tsunami Honganji Vihara, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Spas & Wellness, Mirissa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Honganji Vihara ©
Tsunami Honganji Vihara
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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