21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Train:  1​h 45​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Colombo

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. On your second day here, look for gifts at Sooriya Weaving, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then take in the exciting artwork at Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Rumasalla Mountain.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Galle travel route planning site .

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive; or take a bus. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Safaris and Knuckles Mountain Range. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Habarana: Polonnaruwa (Archaeological Museum & Polonnaruwa Vatadage). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

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

Getting from Galle to Habarana by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and flight. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Knuckles Mountain Range, Pidurangala Rock
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Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Safaris
Knuckles Mountain Range ©
Knuckles Mountain Range

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bundala birds paradise and Lunugamvehera National Park. Step out of Tissamaharama to go to Kataragama and see Kiri Vehera, which is approximately 32 minutes away. The adventure continues: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sithulpawwa Rock Temple.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Tissamaharama trip maker tool .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Habarana to Tissamaharama in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. July in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Kirinda Viharaya, Kiri Vehera, Lunugamvehera National Park
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Lunugamvehera National Park
Lunugamvehera National Park
Photography Tours
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock 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 14th (Tue): stroll through Udawalawe Trails and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

3
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Honey Bee Garden and Ella Spice Garden. Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale, about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Nine Arch Bridge, and don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella route planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

1
night
Kalkudah

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

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kalkudah trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Kalkudah takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kalkudah

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

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple and then enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Kalkudah to Nilaveli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

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

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruwanwelisaya and Wilpattu National Park. There's much more to do: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, head outdoors with Eth Pokuna, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

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You can drive from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors
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Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna

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