17 days in Jaffna, Anuradhapura & Kandy Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation planner
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Fly
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Jaffna
— 2 nights
Train
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Anuradhapura
— 6 nights
Drive
3
Kandy
— 8 nights
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo

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Jaffna — 2 nights

A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Family-friendly places like Thalaiyadi Beach and Kovalam Beach will thrill your kids. Escape the urban bustle at Manalkadu Beach and Casuarina Beach. Take a break from Jaffna with a short trip to Karainagar Sivan Temple in Karainagar, about 54 minutes away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Kankesanthurai Beach, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil, and browse the exhibits of Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Jaffna itinerary maker app.

Colombo to Jaffna is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 6 nights

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Sigiriya Museum and Sigiri Art Gallery. Do some cultural sightseeing at Sigiriya Fortress and Ruwanwelisaya. Explore Anuradhapura's surroundings by going to Sigiriya (Pethikada & Pidurangala Rock), Dhilip De Alwis (in Habarana) and Dambulla (Golden Temple of Dambulla & Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre). Spend the 27th (Tue) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

To find reviews and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura route planner.

Getting from Jaffna to Anuradhapura by train takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) early enough to drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 8 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Bambaragala Viharaya for their historical value. Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala (in Pinnawala), Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Aakarsha Gem House). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, examine the collection at Kandy Brasswear Village, view the masterpieces at Karunagama Art Gallery, and look for gifts at Karu Arts & Crafts.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy trip maker site.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel back home.
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