19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
2
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
6
Galle
— 4 nights
7
Kandy
— 2 nights

3
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
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 discover tucked-away gems like Ranmasu Uyana and Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Step out of the city life by going to Eth Pokuna and Off-Road Tours. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, steep yourself in history at Short Handed Statue, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
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Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
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.
Get in touch with nature at Shark Diving and Arisimale Beach. Step off the beaten path and head to Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and Hoods Tower Museum. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara and brush up on your military savvy at Orr's Hill Army Museum.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Museums Outdoors Wildlife
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Orr's Hill Army Museum ©
Orr's Hill Army Museum
Shark Diving
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

2
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 12th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada, thenappreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Habarana trip itinerary builder tool.

Drive from Trincomalee to Habarana in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll through Udawalawe Trails.

For other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning website.

You can fly from Habarana to Udawalawe National Park in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 15th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sella Kataragama Temple, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. On the next day, make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala birds paradise.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tissamaharama using our trip planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. In February in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Kataragama
Highlights from your plan
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some cultural insight at Community Tsunami Museum and Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya. Meera Mosque and Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery will appeal to history buffs. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda), Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rumasalla Mountain.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Galle route planning site.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In February, daytime highs in Galle are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum, Ahungalla Beach
Highlights from your plan
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Freedom Project and World Buddhist Museum. Visit Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy War Cemetery for their historical value. The adventure continues: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at Weavers Finch, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Kandy vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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