21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

21 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Galle
— 3 nights
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
5
Ella
— 3 nights
6
Kalkudah
— 1 night
7
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
8
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): stroll through Dalawella Beach, then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: revel in the low prices at Sooriya Weaving, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rumasalla Mountain.

To find where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip planner.

Colombo to Galle is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Habarana.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trip

Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Sooriya Weaving ©
Sooriya Weaving
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa ©

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Polonnaruwa Vatadage. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Habarana: Archaeological Museum (in Polonnaruwa) and Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale). There's lots more to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Habarana travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Habarana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Pidurangala Rock, Minneriya National Park, Knuckles Mountain Range
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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Bundala birds paradise and Lunugamvehera National Park. Go for a jaunt from Tissamaharama to Kataragama to see Kiri Vehera about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sithulpawwa Rock Temple, don't miss a visit to Kirinda Viharaya, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Tissamaharama takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train and flight. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Kiri Vehera, Kirinda Viharaya, Lunugamvehera National Park
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Lunugamvehera National Park ©
Lunugamvehera National Park
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails and then stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH). On your second day here, get to know the resident critters at Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. July in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawa
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Demodara Loop and Honey Bee Garden. Go for a jaunt from Ella to Haputale to see Lipton’s Seat about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ella trip planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to 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
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden

1
night
Kalkudah

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

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Kalkudah tour itinerary builder site.

Getting from Ella to Kalkudah by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple and then stroll through Nilaveli Beach. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Nilaveli tour itinerary builder.

You can drive from Kalkudah to Nilaveli in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

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 Eth Pokuna. Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, and see human ingenuity at work at Tissa Wewa.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Anuradhapura online holiday planner.

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

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Wilpattu National Park ©
Wilpattu National Park
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba

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