16 days in Sri Lanka & Lodz Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka & Lodz Itinerary

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Train to Warszawa Lotnisko Chopina, Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly to Warsaw Chopin, Train to Lodz
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Lodz, Poland
— 5 nights
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Dambulla, Sri Lanka

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Dambulla road trip tool.

Krakow, Poland to Dambulla is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of train, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Krakow to Dambulla, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 14th (Fri), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally look for gifts at Gamage Stores. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kandy view point, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, then examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy driving holiday planning app.

Drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then test the waters at Deergayu Acupressure Center, and finally explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay sightseeing planner.

Getting from Kandy to Arugam Bay by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Shopping · Parks · Nature
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Ella, Sri Lanka

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ella travel planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Ella, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by Sifani Jewelers, stop by TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi, walk around Galle Face Green, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, and finally view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colombo day trip planning website.

Drive from Ella to Colombo in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in May, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Lodz.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

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Lodz, Poland

Boat City

Nicknamed the "Polish Manchester" because of its largely industrial character, Lodz draws a growing number of tourists with its rejuvenated central districts, which offer shopping, dining, and entertainment.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lodz: Kalisz (Sanctuary of St. Joseph in Kalisz, Muzeum im. G.J. Osiakowskich, &more). The adventure continues: stroll around Lewityn, buy something for everyone on your list at Manufaktura, explore the different monuments and memorials at Jewish cemetery lodz, and admire the striking features of Palac Juliusza Roberta Kindermanna.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lodz day trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Lodz by combination of flight and train takes about 14.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Central European Standard Time (CET), which is usually a -4.5 hour difference. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Colombo in May: high temperatures in Lodz hover around 22°C and lows are around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Lodz

Parks · Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.