19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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
Drive:  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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo travel planner.

Stockholm, Sweden to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. Traveling from Stockholm to Colombo, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Stockholm in July: highs in Colombo hover around 37°C, while lows dip to 31°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Historic Sites Beaches
Find places to stay Jul 16 — 18:
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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): take an exotic tour of a safari tour and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Dambulla vacation maker app.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Sat) before leaving for Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Safaris
Find places to stay Jul 18 — 20:
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Horton Plains National Park and Gregory Lake. Sita Temple and Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Nuwara Eliya to go to Pussellawa and see Ramboda Waterfall, which is approximately 56 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church, and experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya online day trip planner.

Getting from Dambulla to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 4.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Jul 20 — 22:
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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.
To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ella road trip planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
To find traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mirissa.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Find places to stay Jul 23 — 25:
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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.
Visit Dondra Head Lighthouse and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple for their historical value. Visiting Mirissa Beach and Polhena Beach will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, stop by LAZY.RIDE, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Medawatta Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mirissa trip builder tool.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Mirissa by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: 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:
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 28th (Sun), enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, thenget up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally look for gifts at White Boat.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, use the Galle journey maker website.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. You will have some time to spend on the 30th (Tue) before leaving for Bentota.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

2
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalutara Beach, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kalutara Bodhiya, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Protection Association, thenstroll through Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Madu River.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Bentota online trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Galle to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In July in Bentota, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 1st (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Kalutara, Madu River, Kande Viharaya Temple, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Find places to stay Jul 30 — Aug 1:
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association

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night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St Anthony's Shrine, thenappreciate the extensive heritage of Colombo Fort, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seema Malakaya Temple.

To see reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo online day trip planner.

Getting from Bentota to Colombo by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trip

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

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