19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

19 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Male
Fly:  4 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
5
Negombo
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
6
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Beruwala
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h
9
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
10
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Male

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): browse the different shops at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct and then walk around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, then stop by Barefoot, then stop by Stone 'N' String, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Colombo tour itinerary maker.

Male, Maldives to Colombo is an approximately 4- hour flight. Traveling from Male to Colombo, you'll lose 0.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Museums Parks
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Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct ©
Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

2
nights
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.
On the 11th (Sun), stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple. Keep things going the next day: relax in the rural setting at Bluefield Tea Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Drive from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, and then stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio.

Plan trip to Kandy with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla road trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Dutch Fort. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Dutch Canal, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Church, then browse the eclectic array of goods at Main Fish Market, then stroll through Negombo Beach, and finally stop by LUV SL Negombo.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Negombo travel itinerary planner.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. March in Negombo sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Shopping Nature
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dutch Canal ©
Dutch Canal
Main Fish Market ©
Main Fish Market

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 18th (Sun), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then make a trip to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Kataragama Temple, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

2
nights
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 20th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Lakpura.

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Drive from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In March in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Beruwala.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura

2
nights
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): expand your horizons at Dara Gems & Jewellery, then stop by Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

To find maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Beruwala trip maker tool.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Beruwala in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Beruwala

Shopping Classes Beaches

Side Trips

Ayesha Gems and Jewellers, Bentota Beach
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Dara Gems & Jewellery ©
Dara Gems & Jewellery
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Ayesha Gems and Jewellers ©
Ayesha Gems and Jewellers

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, explore the activities along Madu River, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach. On the next day, stroll through Kosgoda Turtle Care, stroll through Ahungalla Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kowilawatta Temple, then don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara, and finally browse the exhibits of Tsunami Photo Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Hikkaduwa trip maker tool.

Getting from Beruwala to Hikkaduwa by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In March, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 25th (Sun), you're off to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Balapitiya, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Kosgoda Turtle Care
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Do your shopping at Orchid House and Embark. Attractions like Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Go for a jaunt from Galle to Mirissa to see Dolphin & Whale Watching about 42 minutes away. There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and stop by Chilli Dragon Spice.

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Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Galle takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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