23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

23 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
3
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
6
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
7
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
8
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
9
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
10
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
11
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  6 h 45 min
End: Colombo

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then stop by Lakarcade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, get outside with Outdoor Activities, thenrelax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Colombo vacation planning website.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major aiports are Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
River Rafting & Tubing
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 10th (Sat), look for gifts at Tea Zone. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple, take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Seenigama Muhudu Viharaya.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Galle online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
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Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya
Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa ©
Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple ©
Fort Shri Sudarmalaya Buddhist Temple

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Mon): stroll through Kabalana Beach, stroll through Medawatta Beach, and then stop by Dress Palace. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Kushta Raja Gala, thenstroll through Secret Beach, thendon't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Mirissa attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Mirissa takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Matara, Kabalana Beach, Kushta Raja Gala
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Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace
The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara ©
The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church and then see Saga Travels & Tours Nuwara Eliya. On the 15th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Nuwara Eliya Golf Course and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Nuwara Eliya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours Golf Outdoors
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Nuwara Eliya Golf Course ©
Nuwara Eliya Golf Course
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church
Bomburuella Waterfall ©
Bomburuella Waterfall

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.
On the 16th (Fri), see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, thenstop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll through Pinnawala Jumbos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium.

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Traveling by car from Kandy to Pinnawala takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. August in Pinnawala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trip

Pinnawala Jumbos
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Pinnawala Jumbos ©
Pinnawala Jumbos
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium ©
Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium

2
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond and Ranmasu Uyana. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Eth Pokuna and Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya. The adventure continues: make a trip to Isinbassagala.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip website.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Anuradhapura in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Outdoors Parks Nature
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Eth Pokuna ©
Eth Pokuna
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond ©
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 22nd (Thu), make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, thensavor the flavors at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, and then head outdoors with Jathika Namal Uyana.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Dambulla online tour builder.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Dambulla takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Dambulla

Outdoors Shopping
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Jathika Namal Uyana ©
Jathika Namal Uyana
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre ©
Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs ©
Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenstroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and finally browse the exhibits of Pethikada. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: revel in the low prices at Oakray Woodcarvings, make a trip to kaludiya Pokuna, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip itinerary maker website.

Sigiriya is just a stone's throw from Dambulla. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Shopping Museums Parks

Side Trips

Habarana, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

2
nights
Trincomalee

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.
Here are some ideas for day two: brush up on your military savvy at Sri Lanka Navy Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Saint Mary's Cathedral, and finally admire the striking features of Velgam Vehera.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Trincomalee in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple
Arisimale Beach ©
Arisimale Beach
Saint Mary's Cathedral ©
Saint Mary's Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Kantharodai Viharaya, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Naguleswaram Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Kovalam Beach. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Jaffna Art Gallery - Kalaithuthu Kala Mutram, hunt for treasures at Jaffna Market, and then trek along Kayts Causeway.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Jaffna holiday maker tool.

Getting from Trincomalee to Jaffna by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Jaffna

Shopping Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Kovalam Beach
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Jaffna Market ©
Jaffna Market
Kovalam Beach ©
Kovalam Beach
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple ©
Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple

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