17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hobart
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
2
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
7
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
8
Mirissa
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
9
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h
10
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Hobart

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
To find more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Negombo tour site .

Hobart, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (Tasmania) (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4 hours. Traveling from Hobart in March, expect nights in Negombo to be much hotter, around 28°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 38°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden. Spend the 22nd (Fri) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's more to do: make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

1
night
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 23rd (Sat), delve into the distant past at Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa trip itinerary builder tool .

Getting from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

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Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 24th (Sun), see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Safaris

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ella online itinerary planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Museums
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): stroll through Narigama Beach, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Hikkaduwa holiday maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daily temperatures in Hikkaduwa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle online road trip planner .

Galle is just a short distance from Hikkaduwa. March in Galle sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Unawatuna
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stroll through Mirissa Beach, then look for gifts at Dress Palace, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa road trip website .

You can drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Mirissa, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Kandy holiday maker .

Getting from Mirissa to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mount Lavinia Beach and Beruwala Beach. Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Borella All Saints Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Kalutara to see Kalutara Bodhiya about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 31st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, stroll through Galle Face Green, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Anjaneyar Temple.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Colombo itinerary maker .

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Colombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Sri Anjaneyar Temple, Beruwala Beach, Kalutara Bodhiya
Highlights from your plan
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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