19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Bus:  45 min
1
Negombo
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Jaffna
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
5
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  6 h
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  2 h
8
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train + Taxi:  1 h
End: Colombo

3
nights
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start 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): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Negombo sightseeing planner.

Colombo to Negombo is an approximately 1- hour bus ride. You can also drive. In August, daytime highs in Negombo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Colombo
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
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.
Get some cultural insight at Dutch Reformed Church and Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex. You'll get in some beach time at Ahungalla Beach and Dalawella Beach. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, and view the masterpieces at Saffron Robes.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Galle tour planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Galle in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. August in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

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

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): contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, then don't miss a visit to Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, then don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally head outdoors with Eth Pokuna.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online driving holiday planner.

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 and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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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, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, then explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Kovalam Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram, browse the different shops at Cargills Square, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Jaffna Market, and finally pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Jaffna trip maker site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to 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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Kantharodai Viharaya ©
Kantharodai Viharaya
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): learn about all things military at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally contemplate the long history of Velgam Vehera. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sun): examine the collection at Hoods Tower Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Arisimale Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Trincomalee trip site.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Trincomalee takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral
Hoods Tower Museum ©
Hoods Tower Museum

1
night
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): make a trip to Coconut Cultural Park and then stroll through Passikudah Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kalkudah holiday maker site.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Kalkudah takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kalkudah

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

3
nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Safaris and Sampath Gems. Explore Udawalawe National Park's surroundings by going to Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota) and Kirigalpotta (in Ohiya). There's more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Madunagala Hermitage.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Udawalawe National Park takes 7 hours. In August in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

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

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate World Buddhist Museum and Raja Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Embekke Devalaya. There's lots more to do: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kandy route app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy takes 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
Find places to stay Aug 23 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

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