22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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.
Get some historical perspective at Dutch Reformed Church and Galle Fort. Step out of the city life by going to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Sea Turtle Farm. Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Community Tsunami Museum (in Hikkaduwa) and Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center (in Kosgoda). It doesn't end there: paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Galle vacation maker app .

Tel Aviv, Israel to Galle is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Tel Aviv to Galle is 3 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Community Tsunami Museum, Lak Gems & Jewellery, Dolphin & Whale Watching, 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Asgiriya Maha Viharaya. Step out of the city life by going to Elephant Freedom Project and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip itinerary 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Bundala National Park and Kataragama Temple. Visiting Safaris and Yala National Park will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tissamaharama: Ussangoda National Park (in Hambantota) and Kiri Vehera (in Kataragama).

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Tissamaharama takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Bundala National Park, Yala National Park, Ussangoda National Park
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Safaris
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ruwanwelisaya and Ritigala Forest Monastery. Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi and Isurumuniya Temple will appeal to history buffs. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mihintale, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and appreciate the history behind Samadhi Statue.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Anuradhapura journey maker tool .

Getting from Tissamaharama to Anuradhapura by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Nagadipa Purana Vihara and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nallur Kovil.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Jaffna online itinerary planner .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Jaffna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to 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): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. On your second day here, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Nilaveli sightseeing tool .

Do a combination of train and taxi from Jaffna to Nilaveli in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Trincomalee
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Habarana trip planning site .

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 Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Ramboda Waterfall and Ravana Ella Falls. Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country and Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya will appeal to history buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Nuwara Eliya side-trips: Ella (Little Adam's Peak, Ella Gem & Jewelry, & more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Horton Plains National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, and admire the sheer force of Mohini falls.

To find reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner .

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

Parks Nature 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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