19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Birmingham
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  16 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
2
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h
5
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Bentota
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h 45 min
End: Birmingham

3
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Escape the urban bustle at Royal Botanical Gardens and Kandy Lake. Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala (Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, and get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning website.

Birmingham, UK to Kandy is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Birmingham to Kandy, you'll lose 5.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay online road trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Tue): Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya day trip app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Fri): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park day trip planning tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Safaris

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get in touch with nature at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Visit Mirissa Beach and Unawatuna Beach for some beach relaxation. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna driving holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in September, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Bentota

Bentota ©
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Visit Bentota Beach and Katukurunda Beach for some beach relaxation. Escape the urban bustle at Sinharaja Forest Reserve and Ahungalla Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa), Akurala Beach (in Akurala) and Panadura Beach (in Panadura). There's much more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Beruwala Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center.

Plan my day in Bentota using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Unawatuna to Bentota in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. September in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Katukurunda Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Akurala Beach, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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