22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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22 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Southampton
Train + Fly:  21 h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Train + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Polonnaruwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
7
Galle
— 5 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  45 min
9
Negombo
— Few hours
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  19 h
End: Southampton

1
night
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.
For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip maker app .

Southampton, UK to Colombo is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Southampton to Colombo. Traveling from Southampton in December, expect Colombo to be much hotter, temps between 36°C and 28°C. You'll set off for Galle on the 12th (Thu).

Things to do in Colombo

Museums Historic Sites
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

3
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Polonnaruwa is known for historic sites, museums, nature, and shopping. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Parakramabahu I, contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House, and get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa trip itinerary planning website .

Drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lotus Pond ©
Lotus Pond

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla Cave Temple (in Habarana) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You will leave for Polonnaruwa on the 15th (Sun).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dambulla Cave Temple
Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dambulla Cave Temple ©
Dambulla Cave Temple

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.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, nightlife, shopping, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Haputale to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Find places to stay Dec 18 — 19:
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Kandy view point ©
Kandy view point

3
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.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, parks, shopping, and golf. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Xavier's Church, contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, and stop by Franciscan Sister's Jam Room.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kandy.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 22:
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
On the 22nd (Sun), stop by Earth Bound Creations Showroom and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Kandy road trip app .

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Tue) before leaving for Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Find places to stay Dec 22 — 24:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue ©
Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach), Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and relax in the rural setting at Nandana Tea Factory.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Galle are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 29:
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Colombo

Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): make a trip to Independence Square and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colombo route planner .

Traveling by train from Galle to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Historic Sites
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Independence Square ©
Independence Square

few
hours
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 reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Negombo road trip site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Negombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 31st (Tue), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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