19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Cluj-Napoca
Fly:  14 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
3
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  23 h 15 min
End: Cluj-Napoca

4
nights
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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Gem Museum, Colombo Fort, Beddegana Wetland Park, and other attractions. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colombo road trip planning tool.

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Colombo is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Colombo is 3.5 hours. When traveling from Cluj-Napoca in August, plan for a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Colombo: temperatures range from 36°C by day to 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Beddegana Wetland Park
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You've added Maritime Archeology Museum, Galle Fort Clock Tower, Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To find maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle trip planning website.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach, Bentota Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Royal Palace of Kandy, Knuckles Mountain Range, World Buddhist Museum, and other attractions. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala), Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Knuckles Mountain Range, Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
Find places to stay Aug 12 — 16:
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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

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Popham's Arboretum, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya Museum, and other attractions you added. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa road trip planning tool.

You can drive from Kandy to Polonnaruwa in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Anuradhapura is known for historic sites, parks, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Mihintale, admire the landmark architecture of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura day trip planning site.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Aug 19 — 21:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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