14 days in Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Sri Lanka Itinerary

14 days in Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Neil Island, India
— 1 night
Drive
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Port Blair, India
— 3 nights
Fly to Colombo, Train to Anuradhapura
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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Train to Fort Station, Fly to Valletta

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Neil Island, India

— 1 night
Whatever you decide to do on your trip to Neil Island, you'll remember it by the unsurpassed beauty of its green landscape and coral reefs.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the waterfront at Neil Island Jetty, then enjoy the sand and surf at Laxmanpur Beach, then snap pictures at Howrah Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Bharatpur Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Neil Island trip itinerary planning site.

Valletta, Malta to Neil Island is an approximately 120-hour travel. Traveling from Valletta to Neil Island, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Port Blair.

Things to do in Neil Island

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 22:

Port Blair, India

— 3 nights
The capital and largest city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair acts as a gateway to the landmasses that lie in the Bay of Bengal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Speed Boats Tours and Wandoor Beach. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cellular Jail, step off the mainland to explore Jolly Buoy Island, examine the collection at Anthropological Museum, and make a trip to Chatham Saw Mill.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Port Blair trip planner.

Traveling by car from Neil Island to Port Blair takes 3 hours. In December in Port Blair, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 32°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Port Blair

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Historic Sites
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Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

— 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.
On the 26th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dagoba of Thuparama, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue, and finally pause for some photo ops at Abhayagiri Dagaba.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura route builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and train from Port Blair to Anuradhapura in 12.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
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Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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 28th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, make a trip to Lankatilaka Temple, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, taxi, and bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

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Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Explore hidden gems such as Polonnaruwa Vatadage and Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya. Get out of town with these interesting Polonnaruwa side-trips: Hurulu Eco Park (in Habarana), Sigiriya Fortress (in Sigiriya) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sandakada Pahana, explore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada, steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, and pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:

Andaman and Nicobar Islands travel guide

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Beaches · Historic Sites · Islands
An archipelago of over 570 tropical islands, Andaman and Nicobar Islands offer spectacular scenery and pristine beaches with views of crystal clear blue waters. A holiday in Andaman and Nicobar Islands usually includes island-hopping, swimming, camping, trekking, snorkeling, or scuba diving. Sea aquariums, water theme parks, and health resorts provide year-round entertainment for tourists, while marina yachting and inter-island cruise liners provide an opportunity to tour the islands comfortably. In terms of nature, the islands' national parks provide habitats for rare species, such as hornbills, pigeons, and robber crabs. The archipelago, which contains 38 populated islands, still displays the remains of British colonial prisons and historic gallows.

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.