17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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 photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Negombo day trip site.

Hobart, Australia to Negombo is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) to India Standard Time (IST) is minus 4.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Hobart in March: highs in Negombo hover around 38°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Negombo

Beaches Parks 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 Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya online route planner.

Traveling by flight from Negombo to Sigiriya takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and 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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): make a trip to Gal Vihara and then get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Polonnaruwa online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park online trip builder.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Polonnaruwa to Yala National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In March, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Safaris

1
night
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): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ella trip planning app.

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

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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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.
On the 26th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Narigama Beach, then examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and finally kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Hikkaduwa online route maker.

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, daytime highs in Hikkaduwa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time 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

1
night
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, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Galle journey builder tool.

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Galle in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

1
night
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 28th (Thu), stroll through Mirissa Beach, then stop by Dress Palace, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa travel route planner.

Drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. March in Mirissa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace

1
night
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 explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy itinerary planner.

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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Mount Lavinia Beach and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and Old Kathiresan Temple. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colombo: Kalutara Bodhiya (in Kalutara), Sri Anjaneyar Temple (in Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia) and Beruwala Beach (in Beruwala). Spend the 31st (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's still lots to do: stroll around Galle Face Green, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Borella All Saints Church, and get engrossed in the history at The Bandaranaike Museum.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Kandy to Colombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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