19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Madrid
Fly:  17​h
1
Colombo
— Few hours
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ella
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Madrid

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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.
To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner .

Madrid, Spain to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Madrid to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colombo when traveling from Madrid in August, with lows around 30°C. On the 21st (Wed), you're off toHikkaduwa.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Matara Beach in Matara, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa holiday builder tool .

You can drive from Colombo to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Mirissa are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Get out of town with these interesting Arugam Bay side-trips: Ampara (Kumana National Park & Buddhangala Temple). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Yala National Park.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Arugam Bay takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Ampara, Yala National Park
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella planning tool .

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Mohini falls and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
To find maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Sigiriya

Sigiriya
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya driving holiday planning site .

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. You'll set off for Trincomalee on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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4
nights
Trincomalee

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.
When in Trincomalee, make a side trip to see Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, approximately 56 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Marble Beach, learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, and don't miss a visit to Girihadu Seya.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Trincomalee takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Nilaveli, Girihadu Seya
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Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

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