19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  11​h
1
Negombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h
5
Haputale
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Ramboda
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
8
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
9
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Rome

2
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): get outside with Outdoor Activities. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Muthurajawela Marsh, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and finally stop by DIANA Souvenirs.

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Melbourne, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Negombo is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Melbourne in March, expect Negombo to be a bit warmer, temps between 38°C and 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Outdoors Parks
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna online vacation planner .

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Yala National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In March, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ella itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can take a train to Haputale.

Things to do in Ella

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

1
night
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ramboda Waterfall. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall, get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, and then take some stellar pictures from Lipton’s Seat.

To find topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Haputale journey builder app .

You can take a train from Ella to Haputale in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ramboda.

Things to do in Haputale

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
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Lipton’s Seat ©
Lipton’s Seat
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall

2
nights
Ramboda

Ramboda ©
On the 19th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Devathura Falls, then examine the collection at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Dunsinane Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ramboda trip builder app .

Drive from Haputale to Ramboda in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ramboda

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Dunsinane Falls
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Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum ©
Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum

2
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Polonnaruwa (Thuparama, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya travel route planner.

Drive from Ramboda to Sigiriya in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, then don't miss a visit to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then soar above the sights with a balloon tour. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla travel itinerary planner .

Dambulla is just a short distance from Sigiriya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Habarana, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): stroll around Galle Face Green, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, stop by Urban Island, and then make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Dambulla to Colombo by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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