19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  3 h 45 min
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
2
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 30 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Galle
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
7
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
End: Colombo

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.
Get outdoors at Eth Pokuna and Off-Road Tours. Popular historic sites such as Ranmasu Uyana and Moonstone or Sandakada pahana are in your itinerary. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, don't miss a visit to Isinbassagala, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Short Handed Statue.

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

Colombo to Anuradhapura is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Off-Road Tours
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Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

3
nights
Trincomalee

A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Get a sense of the local culture at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple and Orr's Hill Army Museum. Hoods Tower Museum and Sri Lanka Navy Museum will appeal to museum buffs. There's much more to do: have unforgettable encounters with a shark diving experience, stroll through Arisimale Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee road trip tool .

Drive from Anuradhapura to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Museums Outdoors Tours
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Shark Diving
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, then steep yourself in history at Sathmahal Prasada, then appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum.

To see photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Habarana route planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Polonnaruwa
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Safaris
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
King’s Council Chamber ©
King’s Council Chamber

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails.

To see other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park road trip site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Habarana to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In February, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

2
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
On the 15th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Sella Kataragama Temple, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities. On the 16th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala birds paradise.

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

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. February in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

4
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Community Tsunami Museum and Tsunami Photo Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ahungalla Beach and Spas. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's much more to do: stroll through Sea Turtle Farm, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, go for a walk through Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Church.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Galle takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Community Tsunami Museum, Ahungalla Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Kandy War Cemetery. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at World Buddhist Museum and Weavers Finch. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Elephant Freedom Project in Kegalle, approximately Kegalle away. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get engrossed in the history at Raja Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale.

For where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 23rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Kundasale
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

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