19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip planner

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Colombo
— 2 nights
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Galle
— 2 nights
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Weligatta
— 1 night
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Ella
— 2 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Habarana
— 3 nights
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
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Colombo

— 2 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Waikkal (Pio Ayurveda Center & See Lanka Travels). Spend the 27th (Sun) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, and visit TaxiColombo CMB Airport Taxi.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo online tour planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll lose 1.5 hours traveling from Dubai to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dubai in June, things will get little chillier in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trip

Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 29th (Tue), see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, admire the sheer force of Andahalena Ella Waterfall, and then stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, and then stop by Made In Ceylon.

For photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Galle road trip app.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Weligatta.

Things to do in Galle

Nature · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Weligatta

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Weligatta road trip planning site.

You can drive from Galle to Weligatta in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Weligatta

Nature · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Ella

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Weligatta to Ella takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Spend the 5th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

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.
Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Kandy road trip planning app.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Kandy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Habarana

— 3 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). Spend the 11th (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Habarana itinerary maker site.

Getting from Kandy to Habarana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Anuradhapura

— 2 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 13th (Tue), admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and then see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Anuradhapura takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks

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.