19 days in Sri Lanka & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka & Osaka Prefecture Itinerary

Start: Tokyo, Japan
Fly + taxi:  12​h 45​min
1
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Dambulla, Sri Lanka
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
5
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  19​h 15​min
6
Osaka, Japan
— 4 nights
train:  3​h 15​min
End: Tokyo, Japan

3
nights
Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). And it doesn't end there: take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galle driving holiday planner .

Tokyo, Japan to Galle is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Tokyo to Galle is minus 3 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

3
nights
Dambulla, Sri Lanka

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Get out of town with these interesting Dambulla side-trips: Habarana (Dhilip De Alwis & Minneriya National Park), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, make a trip to Polonnaruwa, and stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read Dambulla online day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Ella, Sri Lanka

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Dambulla to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Magul Maha Viharaya, explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

4
nights
Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel to Osaka.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bambaragala Viharaya
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
nights
Osaka, Japan

Osaka ©
Proud of their hometown's distinct culture and dialect, many natives of Osaka describe their city as "Japan's anti-capital." An antidote to Tokyo's hectic energy, Osaka marches to the beat of its own drum, serving as the country's longtime commercial and industrial hub.
Osaka is known for historic sites, theme parks, parks, shopping, and zoos & aquariums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get in on the family fun at Universal Studios Japan, examine the collection at Osaka Shiritsu Toyo Toji Museum, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and soak in some Japanese tradition at SpaWorld.

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Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Kandy to Osaka takes 19.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Kandy to Osaka is 3 hours. August in Osaka sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Osaka

Theme Parks Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

The Former Nishio Family House
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Sunset Owl Cafe ©
Sunset Owl Cafe
Universal Studios Japan ©
Universal Studios Japan
Osaka Castle ©
Osaka Castle

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