17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka planner
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Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Hambantota
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 2 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Hikkaduwa — 2 nights

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Community Tsunami Museum and Dutch Reformed Church. Explore Hikkaduwa's surroundings by going to Japanese Peace Pagoda (in Unawatuna) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). There's more to do: stop by Alponso Batiks.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Hikkaduwa route planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 9-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Riyadh to Hikkaduwa. Traveling from Riyadh in June, expect Hikkaduwa to be little chillier, temps between 37°C and 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Hambantota.
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Hambantota — 1 night

Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Hambantota route site.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Hambantota takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Hambantota sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 3 nights

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ella Spice Garden and Lipton’s Seat. There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Hambantota to Ella in 2.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.
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Sigiriya — 2 nights

The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
On the 7th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Kaudulla National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to drive to Trincomalee.
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Trincomalee — 2 nights

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 (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple.

Planning Trincomalee trip won't be overwhelming when you use Inspirock's itinerary maker.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.
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Anuradhapura — 3 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Isurumuniya Temple. When in Anuradhapura, make a side trip to see Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla, approximately Dambulla away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura travel planning tool.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.
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Kandy — 3 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at World Buddhist Museum and Kandy War Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Kandy visit planning 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 16th (Sat) so you can fly back home.
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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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.
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