19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Stockholm
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
6
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Bentota
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
9
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Stockholm

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary site .

Stockholm, Sweden to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Traveling from Stockholm in July, you will find days in Colombo are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are much hotter (31°C). You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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 18th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

Start your trip to Dambulla by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can take a train from Colombo to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Habarana
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Safaris

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Get some historical perspective at Sita Temple and Holy Trinity Church. Get some cultural insight at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple and St. Xavier's Church. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Pussellawa and see Ramboda Waterfall, which is approximately 1h 05 min away. There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Horton Plains National Park, explore and take pictures at Bluefield Tea Gardens, and contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya vacation planner .

Getting from Dambulla to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

1
night
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 next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella trip app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 24th (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, then stroll through Arugam Bay, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and finally get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach, enjoy the sea views from Dondra Head Lighthouse, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, then kick back and relax at Matara Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Mirissa itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Mirissa in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Polhena Beach ©
Polhena Beach

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, and finally kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at White Boat.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle tour website .

Drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in July, and nighttime lows around 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

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nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Kalutara Beach, don't miss a visit to Kalutara Bodhiya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya, and finally kick back and relax at Bentota Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Sea Turtle Protection Association, then identify plant and animal life at Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Madu River.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bentota travel route planner.

Getting from Galle to Bentota by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Bentota can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Kande Viharaya, Madu River, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, kick back and relax at Negombo Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Colombo Fort, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Seema Malakaya Temple.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip site .

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
Find places to stay Aug 1 — 2:
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Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

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