19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Bentota
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 15​min
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
4
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
train:  2​h
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
8
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
9
Kandy
— 2 nights
+3
bus + foot + Fly + train:  19​h 45​min
End: Exeter

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.
On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelery & Gem Stones and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony s Church Kochikade Colombo.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Colombo travel app .

Exeter, UK to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Exeter to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In September in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to catch the train to Bentota.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple ©
Asokaramaya Buddhist Temple

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Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 20th (Fri), stroll through Katukurunda Beach, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then stroll through Kalutara Beach. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, explore the galleries of Tsunami Photo Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, then stroll through Bentota Beach, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Colombo to Bentota by train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive. September in Bentota sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Kalutara, Katukurunda Beach, Community Tsunami Museum, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kowilawatta Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 22nd (Sun), get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, and then stroll through Mirissa Beach. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, then stroll through Mihiripenna Beach, and then look for gifts at LAZY.RIDE.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Bentota to Mirissa in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. September in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mihiripenna Beach, Galle Fort
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Swim with Dolphins
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Spas & Wellness

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
On the 24th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then identify plant and animal life at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Udawalawa trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Mirissa to Udawalawa in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©
Safaris

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden.

To see ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Udawalawa to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden
Spas

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then admire the sheer force of Devon Falls, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip maker site .

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:
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Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple
Devon Falls ©
Devon Falls
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya ©
Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya

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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 29th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Ancient City of Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

Make your Sigiriya itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Safaris
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

1
night
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Tue): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park online trip itinerary maker .

You can fly from Sigiriya to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris

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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 2nd (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Commonwealth War Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read Kandy travel route builder tool .

Getting from Yala National Park to Kandy by flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Museums Parks

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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