19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Galle
— 3 nights
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
7
Habarana
— 3 nights

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle). Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, and look for gifts at Urban Island.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Colombo sightseeing planner.

Lodz, Poland to Colombo is an approximately 23.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lodz to Colombo is 4.5 hours. When traveling from Lodz in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colombo, with highs around 37°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Bentota Beach, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Galle day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory, Mirissa Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

2
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.
On the 14th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range.

For where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

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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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ella route builder app.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 19th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, then contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, and then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip builder site.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Shopping · Nature
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Change things up with these side-trips from Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Vihara) and Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Habarana online trip builder.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Habarana in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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