22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Southampton
train + Fly:  21​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train + taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
train:  9​h 15​min
6
Galle
— 5 nights
+2
train + foot + bus:  3​h
7
Negombo
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19​h
End: Southampton

1
night
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.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip maker app .

Southampton, UK to Colombo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Southampton to Colombo. Traveling from Southampton in December, expect Colombo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. You'll set off for Galle on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Polonnaruwa is known for historic sites, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Parakramabahu I, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

3
nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will leave for Polonnaruwa on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

3
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.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, nightlife, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Haputale to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Explore Nuwara Eliya's surroundings by going to Ella (Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, Little Adam's Peak, & more). The adventure continues: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Ella
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galle journey planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
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.
To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Negombo road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Negombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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