19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
You've added Gem Museum, Colombo Fort, Beddegana Wetland Park, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, see the interesting displays at Colombo National Museum, walk around Galle Face Green, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo travel route planner .

Cluj-Napoca, Romania to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cluj-Napoca to Colombo is 3 hours. When traveling from Cluj-Napoca in August, plan for a bit warmer days and warmer 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 ©
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, Clock Tower, Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and other attractions to your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Galle trip simple and quick.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Mirissa Beach, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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.
You've added Royal Palace of Kandy, Knuckles Mountain Range, World Buddhist Museum, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, identify plant and animal life at Elephant Freedom Project, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Kandy online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Knuckles Mountain Range, Elephant Freedom Project, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Popham's Arboretum, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya Museum, and other attractions. 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 examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum.

To find photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Polonnaruwa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Parks Museums Historic Sites

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, nature, wildlife, museums, and spas. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna).

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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