Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks

Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks

Looking for Sri Lanka itinerary for 3 weeks? 3 weeks holiday plan has a lot to offer you the best of the paradise island Sri Lanka.

Let’s check what are the options that you can add to your itinerary to make your day more unforgettable one.

Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks Summary

  • Day 1 – Negombo
  • Day 2 & 3 – Sigiriya/Dambulla
  • Day 4 – Anuradhapura
  • Day 5 & 6 – Trincomalee
  • Day 7 – Polonnaruwa
  • Day 8 & 9 – Kandy
  • Day 10, 11 & 12 – Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 13 & 14 – Ella
  • Day 15 & 16 – Arugam Bay
  • Day 17 – Yala
  • Day 18 – Galle
  • Day 19 & 20 – Bentota
  • Day 21 – Colombo

Day 1 – Negombo


The first night of your 3 weeks holiday at Sri Lanka is going to be a very exciting one, because we are going to take you to “little Rome” that is just 20 minutes’ drive away from Colombo international airport.

You might be curious to know why this stylish town got the name of “Little Rome”.

That is of course wherever you look around the scenes are full of beautiful and fascinating churches and you may find the city more festive always especially during the time of Christmas and also when they celebrating the annual feasts of churches. And that will surely bring more joys and life to your stay.

Negombo is not just about churches, you will find this beautiful city as a colorful cultural capital due to the various believes and practices that shaping the city that includes Buddhist temples, Hindu shines and also mosques.

The most tempting point about Negombo is, it is a beach town. We are so sure you would love to take a good relax after the long flight hours and also to get a god refresh to start your exciting journey.

You will be more than happy to find your favorite sea food dishes that are freshly cooked and seasoned by the authentic culinary recipes, and when you walk around the city you will find many more inviting cafes, fancy shops, historical places, dainty streets, pubs and many more.

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Day 2 & 3 – Sigiriya/ Dambulla


The next day you will be heading to the most iconic cultural capital in Sri Lanka and that is none other than Sigiriya. Sigiriya and Dambulla are close to each other that are connected by just 20 minutes of drive.

So you have the opportunity to cover two of the significant tourist destinations in Sri Lanka at once.

The climate of these two merged destination offer you a little bit of dry land set up, yet the wind that embraces city all the time will keep your thoughts and vibes cool all the time.

You will find Sigiriya and Dambulla as tranquil retreats. The atmosphere is full of greenly views and the frequent waterways that you will observe from here and there will make you feel more relaxing and you will get to experience a great variety of hotels at once.

Sigiriya and Dambulla has a lot of tourist’s sites. Among that Sigiriya rock fortress, Dambulla cave temple, Minneriya elephant safari, village tour are few of the exciting activities that you can add to your tour plan.

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Day 4 – Anuradhapura


On the 4th day of the 3 weeks tour plan you will be moving to a destination that is full of historical and cultural significances. Anuradhapura is situated just one hour and 30 minutes’ drive away from Sigiriya.

This is the city that nourished this island nation with many of spiritual, cultural, technology, art values. That is where the basement of a great civilization with more than 2500 of years is invented.

The setup of the city is a very much pensive, and everywhere you look around has something to please you.

You may find a series of historical, cultural, and archeological sites. And apart from that the great technology that processed back in 2500 years ago is right there proven with mesmeric reservoirs, monuments, ruins of dilapidated citadels and many more.

Take a walk around the city in evening to witness the beautiful sunset that fades away above the ancient glory that project by the city.

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Day 5 & 6 – Trincomalee


Next our 3 weeks Ceylon trails will take you to your favorite beach holiday. 5th and 6th days of your stay will keep your thoughts and vibes warm and peaceful. Trincomalee is the beach capital of the east coastal region.

The beaches that you find here are very relaxing as they are not so congested with crowded areas.

The weather is a little bit hot compared to the remaining areas in the island, so you may bring some light and comfy clothes along with your swim suites to enjoy in warm water. And it produces crystal sandy shores that make the place a picture perfect location.

Apart from the fascinating beaches Trincomalee also offers many cultural and historical highlights that you can add to your stay.

From the list Koneshwaram temple, Fedrick fort, Pigeon island are some of the fascinating tourists locations. And if you are lucky to arrive here on right season you will also spot whales and dolphins too.

Trincomalee is just two hours’ drive away from the cultural capital Anuradhapura.

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Day 7 – Polonnaruwa


Polonnaruwa portrays a great showcase to those who love to explore beautiful historical and cultural sites. Polonnaruwa is just 2 hours’ drive away from Trincomalee.

The set up wise Polonnaruwa is a little bit similar to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, but you will find it more vacant and relaxing as it is not so crowded as in Anuradhapura.

Apparently you have come back to North central province of the island, but this time it’s a little bit different to the previous experiences. Most architectural, interior values that you find here are a little bit different to heritage site you find in Anuradhapura.

Polonnaruwa is also a city known as one of the leading cultural heritage in Sri Lanka and so as in the world. Here you will find a finest blend of art, religion, imagination, creativity in finest blend.

There are a series of ruins and monuments where there is a lot to admire even the little detail carving in each and every craft and construction.

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Day 8 & 9 – Kandy


The 8th and the 9th days of your Sri Lanka 3 week’s journal ready to offer you a complete different experience to what you already explore in the island for past 7 days.

Kandy is known as the heart of Sri Lanka for several reasons. First it still reigns as the capital of the central highland Sri Lanka in a regal formation.

Second Kandy is where sheltering the Sri Lanka’s most revered tooth relic of Lord Buddha at the temple of Tooth. Sri Lankans firmly believes that the blesses of this holly tooth relic sanctifies the country and the nation.

Beside Kandy is known as one of leading local and foreign tourist hub. The geographical formation of the city, the historical values and the series of cultural sites keep attracting the tourist all the time to the city.

If you are at the right season you will also be lucky explore most colorful festival and parade happening annually by centralizing the city name “Perahera” to venerate the holly tooth relic.

2 days at this beautiful city will give some space for you to cover temple of tooth, royal botanical garden, Embekke temple, Hantana tea museum, Ambuluwawa tower, Bahirawa Kanda, Udawatte forest reserve etc.

Day 10, 11 & 12 – Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya

Here you have arrived to one of the most tempting destinations in Sri Lanka. it will give you some relax to packing and moving schedules for a while and will give you some relaxing time to base on a one location and enjoy  a lot of activities and sites.

NuwaraEliya is a fine reflect of pictures that you will find in fairy tales. Your eyes will be delighted by the frequent luminous colors that adore the destination.

Everywhere you look around you will find highest mount ranges, dancing waterfalls, lush tea plantations and many more.

NuwaraEliya is one of the major cities who producing the most favorite black tea to the world, and you will be lucky to taste the freshly made tea cup right from the tea plantations.

There are plenty of spectacular waterfalls that you can visit from NuwaraEliya. Apart from the tea plantation visit, waterfall visit, you can do some adventurous activity by visiting Horton Plains too.

Day 13 & 14 – Ella


13th and 14th days of the 3 weeks Ceylon trails are escorting you to the most fascinating Ella. Ella is such a breathtaking destination that is full of mesmeric scenes.

Gushing waterfalls, sky kissing mount tops, extensive tea plantations, foggy mount summits, misty paths are such a common sight that you will find in Ella.

Ella has a rich natural diversity. Most tourist who arrive here prefer to enjoy some times here rather than staying in any other destination in Sri Lanka.

Everything you find here are so mesmeric and will offer fascinating shots to your cameras too.

Ella would be more than happy to host you holiday, and it will keep you away from the hectic city life for a while and comfort you by connecting with nature.

Apart from the natural sites that you find here Ella is ready to offer you more thrilling and adventurous activities as well.

Day 15 & 16 – Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay

Let have some sunshine back to your travel diaries by the crystal sandy shores. A 3 hours’ drive from Ella will take you to one of the world famous surfing sites in Sri Lanka.

Here you have arrived to the fascinating Arugam Bay that will offer sun, sand, sea moment for your next 2 days.

You will be happy to reveal in endless sunshine right by the sea. Arugam Bay will bring you so much along with a good beach holidays.

Mostly you will be also find some wildlife experience also when you are heading your way to Kumana. Especially if you love birds you have arrived to the right place doubtfully.

Day 17 – Yala

Yala national park

The 17th day of your 3 weeks Sri Lanka stay is scheduled to spend by connecting yourself with nature.

Yala is the best place to explore the best of wildlife in the tear drop island, as it stands as one of the largest national parks in Sri Lanka.

Yala is in 5 hours’ drive from Arugam Bay. The drive is a pretty long one but don’t worry Yala is kind of a place that will make you feel that you are blessed to be here.

You can spot many wild animals right next to you here including leopards, elephants, sloth bear, deer, and many more bird species.

On you preference you can enjoy morning, evening, half day and full day safaris. Also if you like you can experience a night camping session s well at the borders of the national park and it will surely create so much of lifetime memories.

Day 18 – Galle


Next we are heading to one of the most celebrated stylish beach town in Sri Lanka and that is Galle. It has a timeless beauty that keep attracting the tourists arriving from every corner in the world to witness this magical city.

The city is such a picturesque location that offers you so many open studious to get mesmeric pictures. The mouthwatering sea food restaurants, coffee shops, souvenir shops and many tourist attractions are filled each and every corner in the city.

You can also enjoy thrilling watersports here along with good snorkeling sessions to get some fun in the beaches. If you are a sunset fan visit the Galle fort in a fine evening or you can also visit the famous Pagoda temple closer by that is overlooking the sea to get the best glimpse of sunset.

Day 19 & 20 – Bentota


In 20 to 30 minutes of drive via southern expressway you are arriving to one of the most celebrated beach destination that adores the southern coastal line of Sri Lanka with golden glitzing beaches.

It is good to spend your final days by a fascinating beach site by relaxing your day, enjoy good food, tasting a wine and enjoying water sports.

Apart from the beaches Bentota also offer some more tourist attractions as well. Madhu river safari, turtle hatchery, fish foot therapy are some of the activities that you can try out at Bentota.

Day 21 – Colombo


Sadly we are going to conclude the 3 weeks holiday journal at the paradise island Sri Lanka.  On 21st you will be heading to the commercial capital Colombo to get a good relax while enjoying local and international dishes and also some shopping session.

Colombo also offer few cultural and historical tourist attractions as well. Staying at Colombo right before your flight will give a good time for at Colombo.

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About the Author: Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff at T2 Travels Sri Lanka is a team of experts who are specialists in Sri Lanka tourism.