21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka vacation maker

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly + Taxi:  16 h 30 min
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
3
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14 h
End: Warsaw

5
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Elephant Freedom Project and Lankatilaka Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya (in Mawanella), Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Matale (Euphoria Spice and Herbal & Nalanda Gedige). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning site .

Warsaw, Poland to Kandy is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Warsaw to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Pinnawala, Peradeniya, Aluth Nuwara Dadimunda Devalaya, Elephant Freedom Project
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Lankatilaka Temple ©
Lankatilaka Temple

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Kayaking & Canoeing and Dutch Reformed Church. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galle trip planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Kayaking & Canoeing
Sooriya Weaving ©
Sooriya Weaving

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala birds paradise and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Tissamaharama trip planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): make a trip to Demodara Loop, then snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ella, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Highlights from your plan
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, don't miss a visit to Thuparama, appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then steep yourself in history at Gal Potha, then admire the striking features of Kumara Pokuna, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Mon): delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, make a trip to Sandakada Pahana, and then steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa day trip website .

You can drive from Ella to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber
Sandakada Pahana ©
Sandakada Pahana
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

2
nights
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.
On the 21st (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mamangam Temple, and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee day trip website .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Trincomalee takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

2
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.
On the 23rd (Thu), make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and then make a trip to Mihintale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Short Handed Statue, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ruwanwelisaya, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, and finally make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura travel site .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

Similar Plans

22 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: August, teens, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 23 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ITALY November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 25 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 29 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 23 days in Jordan, Sri Lanka & Maldives BY A USER FROM GERMANY December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 38 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 28 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 50 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 43 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM DENMARK January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 20 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM CROATIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 19 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, popular sights PREFERENCES: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium
See more plans