21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
3
Jaffna
— 3 nights
4
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
5
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
7
Galle
— 3 nights

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.
Bring the kids along to Sita Temple and Gregory Lake. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Hakgala Botanic Gardens and Kande-ela Reservoir. It doesn't end there: make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory and admire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya online trip builder.

London, UK to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5.5 hours traveling from London to Nuwara Eliya. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ruwanwelisaya and Samadhi Statue. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue, and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Anuradhapura online journey planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Anuradhapura by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
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Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Casuarina Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then head off the coast to Neduntheevu (Delft Island).

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna route maker website.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Jaffna

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 13 — 16:
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Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach
Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

3
nights
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.
Family-friendly places like Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee War Cemetery will thrill your kids. Explore hidden gems such as Koneswaram Temple and Trincomalee Beach. And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Marble Beach, and make a trip to Fort Frederick.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee trip planner.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Gal Vihara and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Attractions like Minneriya National Park and Polonnaruwa make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with these side-trips from Polonnaruwa: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Sigiriya (Sigiriya & Sigiriya Museum).

Take the guesswork out of planning a Polonnaruwa vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Polonnaruwa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 22:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Udawattekele Sanctuary and Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue. Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at New Ranweli Spice Garden, take an in-depth tour of Raja Museum, and see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stroll through Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, and then see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To see maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle day trip planning app.

You can fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In July, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. You'll have a few hours on the 27th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Jungle Beach, Community Tsunami Museum
Find places to stay Jul 24 — 27:
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Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project ©
Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project
Community Tsunami Museum ©
Community Tsunami Museum
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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