17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  21​h 15​min
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 30​min
4
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 15​min
5
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Bentota
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  26​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then admire the landmark architecture of Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Negombo attractions planner.

Toronto, Canada to Negombo is an approximately 21.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in August, with highs in Negombo at 35°C and lows at 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Colombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 21st (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. On your second day here, identify plant and animal life at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Habarana trip itinerary planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Habarana in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

4
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.
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project). There's much more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy road trip planning app .

Getting from Habarana to Kandy by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then don't miss a visit to Tissa Dagoba.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tissamaharama holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Tissamaharama in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Tissa Dagoba ©
Tissa Dagoba

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Visit Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church for their historical value. Explore Mirissa's surroundings by going to Galle (Embark & Dalawella Beach), Matara Beach (in Matara) and Unawatuna (Unawatuna Beach, Jungle Beach, & more). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach and take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip planner.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Matara
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 31st (Fri), stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, then kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Kalutara Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, and then identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Bentota day trip app .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara Beach, Beruwala Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Ahungalla Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©

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