Sri Lanka 21 Day Itinerary (May – September)

This 21-day itinerary is for travelers who plan to visit Sri Lanka between May and September. Due to monsoon season, east coast beaches are best during this period. You can use public transport for the whole trip. But you can save time and visit more places by hiring a car and a driver.

Day 1
Negombo Beach, Sri LankaArrive at Colombo International Airport, Katunayake.
Drive from Katunayake to Negombo (13 Km, 30 min).
Visit Negombo Beach if time permits.
Stay in Negombo
Day 2
Ruwanweli Saya 1Drive from Negombo to Anuradhapura (180km, 4h).
Visit Ancient City of Anuradhapura, a world heritage site.
Drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana (60km, 1h 30 min).
Stay in Habarana
Day 3
SigiriyaDrive from Habarana to Sigiriya (17km, 30min).
Visit Sigiriya, the most popular world heritage site in Sri Lanka. Arguably the 8th wonder of the world.
Drive from Sigiriya to Habarana (17km, 30 min).
Elephant Safari in Habarana. (Evening safari could start from 3pm). Costs about LKR 5000 for a 3 hour safari. Stay in Habarana
Day 4
Dambulla 01Drive from Habarana to Dambulla (25km, 30 min).
Visit Dambulla Golden Temple, a world heritage site.
Drive from Dambulla to Polonnaruwa (70km, 1h 30 min).
Visit Polonnaruwa ancient city, a world heritage site, and Parakrama Samudra. Parakrama Samudra is one of the largest ancient reservoirs in Sri Lanka.Stay in Polonnaruwa
Day 5
Polonnaruwa 02Drive from Polonnaruwa to Kandy (140km, 4h).
To enjoy the magnificent mountain scenery, drive to Mahiyanganaya and take the famous 18 bend road to Kandy. Stay in Kandy
Day 6
Front view of Temple of the Tooth, KandyVisit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, a world heritage site.
Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden. Stay in Kandy
Day 7
Nuwara eliya roadTake the train from Kandy to Nanuoya (Nuwara Eliya) to enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery (Highly recommended, 4h) or drive (80km, 3h).
If you drive enjoy the Ramboda Falls on the way. Stay in Nuwara Eliya
Day 8 - Day 9
DevonFalls-Srilanka-May2015 (4)Enjoy the mountain scenery.
Visit Devon Falls and St Clairs Falls. (30km, 1h) Stay in Nuwara Eliya
Day 10
DSCF0350Visit Horton Plains National Park. (35km, 2h)
Hike the circular trail to enjoy World's End, Mini World's End and Bakers Falls.Stay in Nuwara Eliya
Day 11
Hakgala Botanical GardenDrive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella (60km, 2h).
Visit Hakgala Botanical Garden on the way. (Best in April) Stay in Ella
Day 12
Lipton's seatVisit Dambethenna Tea Estate and Lipton Seat.
Stay in Ella
Day 13
Tea plantation HaputaleEnjoy the scenery. Climb the Ella Rock.
Stay in Ella
Day 14
Diyaluma Falls (Koslanda, Sri Lanka)Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay (135km, 3h).
Ravana Ella is beside the road on the way from Ella to Wellawaya.
Diyaluma Falls is a 15km detour from Wellawaya. It is the 2nd tallest and arguably the most beautiful waterfall in Sri Lanka.
Stay in Arugam bay
Day 15
Gal Oya National Park (Senanayake Samudhraya)Visit Gal Oya National Park. (80km, 2h)
Do an evening boat safari. (Will cost about LKR8000 for a 3h ride.)
Stay in Arugam bay
Day 16 - Day 18
Arugam bay beachEnjoy the beach.
Surfing is possible from April - October.
Stay in Arugam Bay
Day 19
Kumana National Park (Kudumbigala Sanctuary)Visit Kumana National Park (30km, 1h).
A half day safari will cost about LKR 5000. Stay in Arugam Bay
Day 20
Galle ExpresswayDrive from Arugam Bay to Negombo (350km, 8h).
Stay in Negombo
Day 21
Srilankan Airlines, Airbus A330-300 4R-ALM NRT (25270830011)Leave for the next destination from Colombo International Airport, Katunayake.

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