19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sharm El Sheikh
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Netolpitiya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Sharm El Sheikh

2
nights
Netolpitiya

Netolpitiya ©
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Indika Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Bundala National Park and Udawalawa Safari.

To see where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Netolpitiya trip planner.

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt to Netolpitiya is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sharm El Sheikh to Netolpitiya due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Sharm El Sheikh in January; daily highs in Netolpitiya reach 36°C and lows reach 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Bundala National Park, Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC ©
Discover Sri Lanka by Lakpura LLC

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then experience rural life at Handunugoda Tea Estate, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Snake Farm. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online trip builder .

You can drive from Netolpitiya to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Snake Farm, Handunugoda Tea Estate
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas & Wellness
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Ahungalla Beach. Museum-lovers will appreciate Community Tsunami Museum and Tsunami Photo Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Hikkaduwa: Galle (Embark, Galle Fort, & more), Unawatuna (Spas & Wellness & Unawatuna Beach) and Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Naga Viharaya.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa journey tool .

You can drive from Mirissa to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Galle, Unawatuna, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Ahungalla Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

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.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get in touch with nature at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Kandy Lake. There's much more to do: examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Commonwealth War Cemetery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip app .

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Escape the urban bustle at Kaudulla National Park and Hurulu Eco Park. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like The Golden Temple and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Step out of Habarana with an excursion to Gal Vihara in Polonnaruwa--about 54 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Habarana visit planner .

Getting from Kandy to Habarana by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Kaudulla National Park ©
Kaudulla National Park

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sri Maha Boodhi Temple and Dagoba of Thuparama. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Anuradhapura trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Isurumuniya Temple ©
Isurumuniya Temple
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya

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