19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Dublin
Fly:  14​h
1
Negombo
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  45​min
2
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
4
Matale
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Ramboda
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
11
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
12
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
13
Rekawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
14
Koggala
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
15
Galle
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Dublin


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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), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Negombo journey app .

Dublin, Ireland to Negombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Dublin to Negombo. In October, Negombo is much hotter than Dublin - with highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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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.
On the 22nd (Tue), don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Colombo in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In October in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to 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 ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kandy road trip planner .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car 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

1
night
Matale

Matale ©
A regional city in the middle of the island, Matale has become known as a center of agriculture.
On the 24th (Thu), take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range, tour the pleasant surroundings at Euphoria Spice and Herbal, and then Head underground at Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Matale journey builder .

You can drive from Kandy to Matale in an hour. Another option is to take a train. October in Matale sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Matale

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Knuckles Mountain Range ©
Knuckles Mountain Range
Euphoria Spice and Herbal ©
Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple ©
Aluvihara Rock Cave Temple

1
night
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 25th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then don't miss a visit 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.

To see where to stay and tourist information, use the Dambulla itinerary builder app .

Getting from Matale to Dambulla by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) early enough to go by car 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
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis
Popham's Arboretum ©
Popham's Arboretum

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.
On the 26th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir 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 striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

Discover how to plan a Sigiriya trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Sigiriya is very close to Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to 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
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
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): make a trip to Polonnaruwa, explore the ancient world of Hetadage, delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then make a trip to Thuparama, and finally pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

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

1
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, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Anuradhapura in 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:
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Tissa Wewa ©
Tissa Wewa

1
night
Pinnawala

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

For other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pinnawala tour planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Pinnawala takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Ramboda.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife Parks 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

1
night
Ramboda

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

Find out how to plan Ramboda trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

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

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 1st (Fri): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Ramboda to Ella in 3.5 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
Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 2:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
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.
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 see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Tissamaharama trip itinerary website .

Getting from Ella to Tissamaharama by car takes about 2 hours. November in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

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

1
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, then don't miss a visit to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, then stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, and finally enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Rekawa vacation planner.

Drive from Tissamaharama to Rekawa in 1.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Rekawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Koggala.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

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

1
night
Koggala

Koggala ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, then stroll through Sea Turtle Conservation Project (Koggala), then admire the natural beauty at Lagoon Herbal Garden, and finally explore the activities along Koggala Lake.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Koggala trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Rekawa to Koggala in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Koggala can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Koggala

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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, then view the masterpieces at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Galle trip planning website .

You can drive from Koggala to Galle in an hour. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, 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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