19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  45​min
1
Negombo
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h
7
Uda Walawe National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h
8
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

3
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): get outside with Outdoor Activities and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Colombo to Negombo is an approximately 1-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also take a bus; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Negombo

Wildlife Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colombo
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Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil ©
Shri Ponnambalawaneswaram Kovil
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Spas

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Dutch Reformed Church and Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple will appeal to history buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Tsunami Photo Museum and Ahungalla Beach. Go for a jaunt from Galle to Kosgoda to see Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center about 54 minutes away. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, browse the exhibits of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Galle day trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Negombo to Galle in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, Tsunami Photo Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center, Ahungalla Beach
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Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): explore the activities along Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana. On your second day here, make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, then make a trip to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally head outdoors with Eth Pokuna.

To find where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Anuradhapura takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

2
nights
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): take an in-depth tour of Jaffna Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram, then buy something for everyone on your list at Cargills Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jaffna Market, and finally appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Jaffna tour itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Jaffna Market ©
Jaffna Market
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally explore the ancient world of Velgam Vehera. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Hoods Tower Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and then kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Trincomalee trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Jaffna to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Museums Beaches
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Passikudah Beach.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Kalkudah travel planner.

You can drive from Trincomalee to Kalkudah in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach
Coconut Cultural Park ©
Coconut Cultural Park

3
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 Madunagala Hermitage and Safaris. Venture out of the city with trips to Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura), Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota) and Kirigalpotta (in Ohiya).

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Uda Walawe National Park online trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Kalkudah to Uda Walawe National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sampath Gems, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Safaris, Kirigalpotta, Madunagala Hermitage
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Kirigalpotta ©
Kirigalpotta
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

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.
Popular historic sites such as Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Embekke Devalaya are in your itinerary. Get some cultural insight at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kandy War Cemetery. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder app .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Embekke Devalaya
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

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