19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 6 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Bus:  5 h 15 min
4
Yala National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h
End: Colombo

6
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Kalutara (Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum, Holy Cross Church Kalutara, &more), Bentota (Sea Turtle Protection Association & Bentota Beach) and Negombo (Scuba & Snorkeling, Negombo Beach, &more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, walk around Galle Face Green, admire the masterpieces at The Galleries of Sapumal Foundation, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Colombo day trip tool.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In May in Colombo, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara, Bentota, Murugan Temple
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Galle trip planning app.

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Hummanaya Blow Hole (in Kudawella) and Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch (in Rekawa). There's still lots to do: stroll through Mirissa Beach, delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, kick back and relax at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mirissa trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In May in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara, Hummanaya Blow Hole, Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
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 14th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For where to stay and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planner.

Take a bus from Mirissa to Yala National Park in 5.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 16th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Ancient Yudaganawa Stupa, Safaris
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Yala National Park to Kandy by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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