22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Tel Aviv
Fly + Taxi:  13 h 30 min
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3 h
4
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Jaffna
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  4 h
6
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
7
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
8
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14 h
End: Tel Aviv

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Fort. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Kayaking & Canoeing and Community Tsunami Museum. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Bentota) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galle road trip planning site.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Galle is an approximately 16.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Tel Aviv to Galle, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Dolphin & Whale Watching, Lak Gems & Jewellery, Community Tsunami Museum, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
Find places to stay Jul 22 — 25:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Kayaking & Canoeing

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.
Get outdoors at Elephant Freedom Project and Royal Botanical Gardens. Your inner history buff will appreciate Kandy Garrison Cemetery and Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, get lost in a book at Buddhist Publication Society, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Elephant Freedom Project, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 28:
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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.
Visit Kataragama Temple and Kiri Vehera for their historical value. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Bundala National Park and Ussangoda National Park. Take a break from Tissamaharama with a short trip to Yala National Park in Yala National Park, about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama trip itinerary builder website.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park, Ussangoda National Park
Find places to stay Jul 28 — 31:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Ruwanwelisaya and Isurumuniya Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Samadhi Statue. Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, don't miss a visit to Mihintale, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

1
night
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 4th (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Jaffna travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Jaffna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Nagadipa Purana Vihara ©
Nagadipa Purana Vihara

2
nights
Nilaveli

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, then stroll the grounds of Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Nilaveli trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Jaffna to Nilaveli in 4 hours. Another option is to drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Find places to stay Aug 4 — 6:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach

2
nights
Habarana

Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 7th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then make a trip to Dambulla Cave Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Habarana journey planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Habarana takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa Vatadage, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Aug 6 — 8:
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

4
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Visiting Ramboda Waterfall and Mohini falls will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Nuwara Eliya: Ella (Ravana Ella Falls, Little Adam's Peak, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park and explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir.

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

Drive from Habarana to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ella, Ramboda Waterfall
Find places to stay Aug 8 — 12:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

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