19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Naples
Fly + Drive:  21​h 45​min
1
Kalpitiya
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Trincomalee
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h 15​min
6
Uda Walawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
9
Kandy
— Few hours
train + taxi:  1​h 45​min
10
Bentota
— 1 night
train:  1​h 15​min
11
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
12
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  31​h
End: Naples

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night
Kalpitiya

Kalpitiya ©
On the 13th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Ruwala Nature & Adventure Park, then kick back and relax at Kudawa Beach, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Church, Kalpitiya.

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Naples, Italy to Kalpitiya is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Naples to Kalpitiya due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kalpitiya

Parks Wildlife Beaches
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Dutch Church, Kalpitiya ©
Dutch Church, Kalpitiya

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night
Trincomalee

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.
On the 14th (Wed), enjoy the sand and surf at Arisimale Beach and then explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee day trip planning site .

You can drive from Kalpitiya to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Velgam Vehera ©
Velgam Vehera
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Seruwila Mangala Raja Maha Vihara

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna, then take in nature's colorful creations at Popham's Arboretum, then explore the ancient world of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla online day trip planner .

You can drive from Trincomalee to Dambulla in 2 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Habarana
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Ederagala Wana Senasuna ©
Ederagala Wana Senasuna
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kalkudah travel tool .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kalkudah takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Batticaloa
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Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral
Batticaloa Lighthouse ©
Batticaloa Lighthouse

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Polonnaruwa trip planner .

Drive from Kalkudah to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for Uda Walawe National Park on the 19th (Mon).

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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nights
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Udawalawa Safari and Safaris. Visiting Visit Udawalawe National Park and Mahapelessa Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Venture out of the city with trips to Dry Zone Botanical Garden (in Hambantota) and Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Madunagala Hermitage.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Uda Walawe National Park online journey planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Uda Walawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Hambantota, Udawalawa, Madunagala Hermitage
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Udawalawa Safari ©
Udawalawa Safari
Safaris
Dry Zone Botanical Garden ©
Dry Zone Botanical Garden

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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.
On the 22nd (Thu), learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop, and finally hike along Nature Trail Ella.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ella sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Uda Walawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Demodara Loop ©
Demodara Loop

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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.
To see where to stay and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya planner .

Drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. You'll set off for Kandy on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy travel route planner .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Bentota on the 23rd (Fri).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
On the 21st (Wed), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kande Viharaya.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Bentota trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Do a combination of train and taxi from Kandy to Bentota in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Bentota are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Kowilawatta Temple, Kande Viharaya, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kalutara Bodhiya
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Kalutara Bodhiya ©
Kalutara Bodhiya

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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 25th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine, take in the spiritual surroundings of Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo day trip planning website .

You can take a train from Bentota to Colombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

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nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
On the 26th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nilaveli takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Girihadu Seya
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Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park

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