21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  12 h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 30 min
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 30 min
8
Habarana
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  19 h 30 min
End: Warsaw

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara. Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Urban Island, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary site .

Warsaw, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Warsaw to Colombo, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Warsaw in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Colombo, with highs around 37°C, while nights are much warmer with lows around 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Negombo, Bentota Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore hidden gems such as Kayaking & Canoeing and Dalawella Beach. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery, browse the exhibits of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Galle road trip planner .

You can take a train from Colombo to Galle in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Elephant Freedom Project and Kandy War Cemetery. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To find traveler tips, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery

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 wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park vacation maker website .

Fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Explore hidden gems such as Arugam Bay and Magul Maha Viharaya.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay with the Route module. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Shopping

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Honey Bee Garden and R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela). There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Ella day trip website .

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Dhowa Rock Temple, Diyaluma Falls
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls

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 23rd (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park route planner.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

1
night
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 24th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then explore the striking landscape of Fernando Adventure Safaries, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Habarana Buddhist Temple.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Habarana route builder app .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Habarana takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Habarana Buddhist Temple ©
Habarana Buddhist Temple
Spas

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