19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Negombo
— 1 day
2
Colombo
— 1 night
3
Kandy
— 1 night
4
Matale
— 1 night
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
7
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
8
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
9
Pinnawala
— 1 night
10
Ramboda
— 1 night
11
Ella
— 2 nights
12
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
13
Rekawa
— 1 night
14
Koggala
— 1 night
15
Galle
— 2 nights

1
day
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 21st (Mon), take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Negombo trip tool.

Dublin, Ireland to Negombo is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Dublin to Negombo is 5.5 hours. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Dublin in October; daily highs in Negombo reach 35°C and lows reach 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 21:
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Safaris

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Tue): make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colombo online tour planner.

Getting from Negombo to Colombo by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. In October, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Oct 21 — 22:
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Ganeshism Studio Gallery ©
Ganeshism Studio Gallery

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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.
On the 23rd (Wed), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy tour app.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Matale.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:
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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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night
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range, take in nature's colorful creations at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Matale tour planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Matale takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October, daytime highs in Matale are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Matale

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Knuckles Mountain Range ©
Knuckles Mountain Range
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple ©
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal

1
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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Matale to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum

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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.
On the 26th (Sat), make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sun): examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya day trip planning tool.

Sigiriya is just a short distance from Dambulla. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can go by car to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Oct 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): admire the striking features of Polonnaruwa, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then don't miss a visit to Thuparama, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

Plan my Polonnaruwa trip by asking Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 27 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Tue): see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 28 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

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Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 30th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, look for gifts at Luv SL, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pinnawala itinerary planning website.

Drive from Anuradhapura to Pinnawala in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in October, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ramboda.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
Find places to stay Oct 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Luv SL ©
Luv SL

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Ramboda

Ramboda ©
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Thu): examine the collection at Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum, admire the sheer force of Ramboda Waterfall, and then admire the sheer force of Devathura Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ramboda online trip builder.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Ramboda in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Ramboda

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum ©
Oak Ray Tea Factory & Museum

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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.
On the 1st (Fri), make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Mahamevnawa Monastery, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ella route maker app.

Drive from Ramboda to Ella in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trip

Mahamevnawa Monastery
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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night
Tissamaharama

Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala birds paradise.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama holiday site.

You can drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In November in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature · Parks · Tours
Find places to stay Nov 2 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris

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night
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kalametiya Beach, surround yourself with nature on Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rekawa road trip planning app.

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Rekawa in 1.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Koggala.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kalametiya, Tangalle Lighthouse
Find places to stay Nov 3 — 4:
Highlights from your plan
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

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Koggala

Koggala ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, then admire the natural beauty at Lagoon Herbal Garden, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Koggala Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Koggala trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Koggala takes 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Koggala

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Koggala Lake ©
Koggala Lake
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery ©
Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa ©

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle tour itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Koggala to Galle by car takes about an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. On the 7th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Jungle Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Nov 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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