19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— Few hours
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
3
Arugam Bay
— 5 nights
4
Ella
— Few hours
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
6
Kandy
— 1 night
7
Sigiriya
— 1 night
8
Trincomalee
— 4 nights

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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.
For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

Madrid, Spain to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Madrid to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Madrid in August, expect a bit warmer with lows of °C in Colombo. You will leave for Mirissa on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Mirissa is known for wildlife, beaches, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, make a trip to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Colombo to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Mirissa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Shopping

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 ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Arugam Bay: Yala National Park (in Yala National Park) and Ampara (Kumana National Park & Buddhangala Temple).

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Drive from Mirissa to Arugam Bay in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ampara, Yala National Park
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

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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): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

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Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °C in August, and nighttime lows around °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

Parks Nature 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.
On the 30th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Mohini falls and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

To find traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

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

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night
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 see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive 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.
To see photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. You will leave for Trincomalee on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Take a break from Trincomalee with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli, about 56 minutes away. The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach, make a trip to Fort Frederick, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planning website.

Drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to 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
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

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