Suggested itinerary for Sri Lanka

itinerary for Sri Lanka
After having been in Sri Lanka several times, but especially after being continuously weakened by people who asked me things to do in Sri Lanka in ten or less days, I decided to write down an intinerary.When it comes to Sri Lanka, there is a very big problem: at every single step there is a wonder so you have to decide what's leaving out. Remember that you can never see everything so it is absolutely necessary to give up something that is just as important.
·     Arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. Contrary to what most of the tourists thing, the International Airport is not in Colombo but in Katunayake, which is about 50 minutes drive from Colombo and 20 from Negombo. Sri Lanka is well connected by public transportation; all the routes are well covered also by night. So, if not by taxi, you can easily reach the Katunayake main bus station with the free airport shuttle. Remember that google maps reasons western; this means that it will never be able to give you the correct timings when in third world countries.
      Katunayake–Sigiriya (six hours)with a stopover in Dambulla to visit the Buddhist temple. Overnight in Dehigaha Ela at the Back of Beyond Hotel. This remains among the places I loved in Sri Lanka. I have nothing to complain with them. They offer great Sri Lankan food as well. If you like having a glass of wine or beer after dinner buy it outside at the wine shop before heading there because most of the times they didn’t have alcoholic drinks. The day after is to be dedicated to the Lion’s Rock and after that the Rasta Rant for lunch. It is a river front restaurant from where, you can see the elephants bathings.
      Sigiriya – Kandy  (4 hours) Visit the tooth temple in Kandy (Sri Dalada Veediya). Behind the temple there is a teathre where every evening there is a cultural program with a classical Sri Lankan dance. Get the information at the temple itself in order to avoid the private programs which are more expensive.  Elephant millennium and spice gardens can be visited here in Kandy. Never buy things in any of the spice gardens as they are a real fraud for tourist. Remember also that the staff at the Elephant millennium exact high tips. Overnight in Kandy.
        Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (4 hours) Visit the Lipton Seat and Macwoods tea factory. It could be cold here so keep a sweater with you. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Having enough time available try to take a train trip here. The best railway route is the one from Nuwara Eliya to Ella. Overnight in Nuwara Eliya
     Nuwara Eliya – Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) (4 hours). Start the hiking before 2 am.
·    Adam’s Peak - Horton Plains National Park. (4/5 hours) Stark at sunrise. All the platic materials will be subtracted by the entrance. Also water bottles. Overnight around here.
·    Horton Plains National Park – Tissamaharama (5 hours). Visit the Yala National park. The vegetation changes totally from the previous Horton Plains. Overnight in Tissamaharama.  Hotel Yala Eco Tree House could be a great solution. The day after I suggest the visit to the Kirinda Temple and Kataragama temple. They both are different.
·      Tissamaharama – Mirissa. (2/3 hours). Day of beach relax. Overnight in Mirissa with stopover at the Dondra Lighthouse. I suggest the giragala Village Hotel. Stay two days in Mirissa if you can.
·        Mirissa – Galle (30 minutes) Overnight in Galle
·       Galle – Hikkaduwa (30 monutes) with stopover in Unawatuna. Visit the turtle farm and the stick fishermen by the street. Overnight in Hikkaduwa.
·    Hikkaduwa – Colombo (3 hours) with stopover in Ambalangoda where visiting Galgoda Sailatalaramaya Maha Vihara Temple, Madu Ganga boat expedition and the moonstone Extraction. Ambalangoda seemed to me the best choise for these trips. Overnight in Colombo. Galle face area is the best. Fit it in a weekend day if you can.
·       Colombo – Negombo. (2hours). Overnight in Negombo.
·        Negombo - the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake. (40 minutes)

itinerary for Sri Lanka
itinerary for Sri Lanka
Galle face, Colombo

itinerary for Sri Lanka
Lion's Rock, Sigiriya

itinerary for Sri Lanka
Unawatuna Railway Station
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itinerary for Sri Lanka
Macwoods TeaPlantations
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Mirissa Port
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Galle Fort

Suggested itinerary for Sri Lanka Suggested itinerary for Sri Lanka Reviewed by Travel Tips on December 11, 2017 Rating: 5


  1. Ohw this post is so useful! We are thinking to visit Sri Lanka this summer and we were just looking for some articles that could help us to organize an itinerary or give us some info.
    Thank you so much for this great work :)

  2. This is great work!! I was thinking about visiting Sri Lanka for my birthday this year!!


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