19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lodz
Fly:  24​h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h
7
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  27​h
End: Lodz

3
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary website .

Lodz, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 24-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Lodz to Colombo due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Lodz, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 37°C to lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Galle journey builder app .

Take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Nandana Tea Factory, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Wed): browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then stroll through Hanthana Mountain Range.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online travel planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In July in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
On the 17th (Fri), take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally don't miss a visit to Nine Arch Bridge.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ella driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and finally look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Explore Habarana's surroundings by going to Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Vihara) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Sigiriya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Habarana sightseeing planner.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Habarana by combination of taxi and flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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