17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Negombo
— 1 night
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 1 day
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
6
Ella
— 2 nights
7
Yala National Park
— 1 day
8
Hambantota
— 2 nights
9
Galle
— 1 day
10
Ambalangoda
— 3 nights

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

Charlotte, USA to Colombo is an approximately 28-hour flight. Traveling from Charlotte to Colombo, you'll lose 10.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In February, Colombo is much warmer than Charlotte - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Safaris

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Angurukaramulla Temple, thenpause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, thenstroll through Negombo Beach, and finally look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs.

To find photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Negombo trip builder.

Drive from Colombo to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in March, and nighttime lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites Parks Beaches
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Angurukaramulla Temple ©
Angurukaramulla Temple

2
nights
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 3rd (Wed): pause for some photo ops at Gal Vihara, pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, thenget to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, and finally take an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, thenexplore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada, and then contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa road trip app.

Traveling by car from Negombo to Polonnaruwa takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Museums
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Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thenexamine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya journey planner.

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Off-Road Tours
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thensee the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy online trip maker.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
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 7th (Sun): indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, thenadmire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock. On the next day, kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thenmake a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally expand your horizons at Honey Bee Garden.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

1
day
Yala National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park sightseeing website.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. March in Yala National Park sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Hambantota.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. On the 10th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Hambantota trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Hambantota. In March, daytime highs in Hambantota are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

1
day
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Saint Mary's Church, thensteep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then look for gifts at Shoba.

Plan a Galle trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

Drive from Hambantota to Galle in 3 hours. March in Galle sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can drive to Ambalangoda.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Shopping
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

3
nights
Ambalangoda

Ambalangoda ©
Ambalangoda is a coastal town located in Galle District, Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Madu River, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach, thenstroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association, and finally stroll through Ahungalla Sea Turtles Conservation And Research Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ambalangoda attractions planning app.

You can drive from Galle to Ambalangoda in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. You'll have a few hours on the 14th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ambalangoda

Parks Nature Beaches

Side Trips

Bentota, Ahungalla, Madu River, Victor Hasselblad Sea Turtle Research & Conservation Center
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Sea Turtle Protection Association ©
Sea Turtle Protection Association
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

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