17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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.
On the 18th (Sat), kick back and relax at Negombo Beach. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then admire the striking features of Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall, and then kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Negombo day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Negombo is an approximately 21- hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 10.5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, expect Negombo to be somewhat warmer, temps between 35°C and 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Negombo

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Colombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. On the 22nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Habarana attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Habarana takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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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.
Popular historic sites such as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Kandy Lake and Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Kegalle (Millennium Elephant Foundation & Elephant Freedom Project) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

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

You can drive from Habarana to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kegalle, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and then make a trip to Tissa Dagoba.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama vacation planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In August in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Galle (Embark & Dalawella Beach) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Mihiripenna Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, stroll through Matara Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip itinerary maker website.

Take a bus from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Mirissa

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Kalutara Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, and then stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Bentota road trip planning tool.

Getting from Mirissa to Bentota by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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