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Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks: 21-Day Tour Package 2024-2025

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  • Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks: Complete 21-Day Adventure Tour
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Tour Details

Planning a Sri Lanka itinerary for 3 weeks offers an opportunity to experience the rich cultural heritage, breathtaking landscapes, and diverse wildlife of this beautiful island nation. This detailed “Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks” ensures that you make the most of your visit, covering everything from historical sites to serene beaches and adventure-filled national parks. Join us at Lanka Tour Experts for an unforgettable journey through Sri Lanka.

TOUR STARTColombo / Negombo
TOUR ENDColombo / Negombo
Private air-conditioned vehicle
Private English-speaking driver for the entire journey
Accommodations* (bed & breakfast)
Kandy to Ella train tickets
Guidance to locations
All government taxes
All travel expenses are covered, including highway tolls, fuel, and parking
Sightseeing entrance charges
Guide/driver tips

Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks: Day-by-Day Guide


Day 1: Airport – Negombo

Arrival and Relaxation
  • Upon your arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, a representative from Lanka Tour Experts will warmly welcome you and ensure a smooth transfer to your hotel in Negombo.
  • After your flight, unwind and recharge at the hotel, setting the perfect tone for your adventure, which begins the next morning in your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 2: Negombo – Colombo

City Tour of Colombo
  • After breakfast, travel to Colombo to embark on a city tour exploring popular tourist attractions such as Gangaramaya Temple, Seema Malaka, and Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque.
  • Visit the Lotus Tower for the best viewpoint in Colombo.
  • In the evening, relax at Galle Face Green, a tranquil oasis.
  • Return to Negombo for an overnight stay, marking the second day of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 3: Negombo – Wilpattu

Journey to Wilpattu
  • After breakfast, proceed to Wilpattu.
  • On the way, stop to visit the Munneswaram Hindu Temple.
  • Explore the Anawilundawa Sanctuary, a protected wetland located in the northwestern part of Sri Lanka.
  • Overnight stay near Wilpattu National Park as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 4: Wilpattu – Anuradhapura

Wildlife Safari and Village Tour
  • Embark on a morning wildlife safari in Wilpattu National Park, Sri Lanka’s largest national park.
  • Explore the village life in the surrounding area with a village tour by bike or car, as you prefer.
  • Proceed to Anuradhapura for an overnight stay, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 5: Anuradhapura

Explore Ancient Anuradhapura
  • After breakfast, explore the ancient city of Anuradhapura, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Visit well-preserved ruins, ancient temples, palaces, and significant sites such as the Sri Maha Bodhi tree, Ruwanwelisaya Stupa, Lowamahapaya ruins, Thuparamaya Stupa, Abhayagiri Stupa, Jetavanaramaya Stupa, the Samadhi Buddha statue, Twin Ponds, the Moonstone, Isurumuniya, and Nuwara Wewa.
  • Overnight stay in Anuradhapura as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 6: Anuradhapura – Sigiriya – Dambulla

Cave Temples and Village Tours
  • After breakfast, proceed to Dambulla to visit the Golden Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Embark on the Sigiriya village tour for an authentic Sri Lankan experience and enjoy a traditional buffet lunch.
  • Visit the serene Kandalama Lake, surrounded by lush forests.
  • Check into your hotel in Dambulla for the night, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 7: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa

Explore Polonnaruwa
  • If desired, begin your day early at 5:30 AM with an exhilarating hot air balloon ride over Sigiriya, offering breathtaking aerial views of the landscape. The ride, which includes breakfast, lasts about an hour and a half.
  • Afterwards, head to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore notable landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Quadrangle, Pothgul Vihara, Palace Complex of Nissanka Malla, Moonstone, Lotus Pond, Lankathilaka Image House, Gal Vihara Temple, Vatadage, Rankot Vihara, and the Lankatilaka Temple.
  • Return to Dambulla for an overnight stay, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 8: Sigiriya

Hike and Scenic Beauty
  • Take an early morning hike to Pidurangala for breathtaking views of Sigiriya Rock and the surrounding landscape, with a chance to witness the sunrise.
  • Return to the hotel for breakfast.
  • Explore the scenic beauty of the surrounding area.
  • Climb to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Spend the night in Dambulla as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 9: Sigiriya – Kandy

Cultural and Scenic Journey
  • After breakfast, proceed to Kandy, stopping along the way to visit the Matale Hindu Temple, Nalanda Gedige (the geographical center of Sri Lanka), and a spice garden.
  • Check into your hotel for some rest.
  • In the evening, immerse yourself in Kandy’s rich cultural heritage with a traditional dance performance.
  • Stay overnight in Kandy, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 10: Kandy – Ella

Botanical Gardens and Scenic Train Ride
  • After breakfast, visit the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden, once the royal garden of the last king of Sri Lanka. Alternatively, you can visit the Ambuluwawa Biodiversity Complex and climb the Ambuluwawa Tower.
  • On the way to Nuwara Eliya, stop at a tea factory and plantation. Here, you’ll learn about the process of producing Sri Lankan tea, renowned worldwide. Enjoy a complimentary tasting of high-quality tea, experiencing its rich flavors firsthand.
  • Visit Ramboda Falls, a 109-meter high waterfall known for its breathtaking scenery.
  • Afterward, take a train from Nanu Oya to Ella. This journey is renowned for its stunning scenic views of the Sri Lankan countryside, featuring rolling hills, lush tea plantations, and cascading waterfalls.
  • Overnight stay in Ella as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 11: Ella – Haputale

Highland Adventures
  • After breakfast, proceed to Haputale, a serene town nestled in the Sri Lankan highlands.
  • Explore Adisham Bungalow, a picturesque Benedictine monastery.
  • Discover St. Clair’s Waterfalls, known as the “Little Niagara of Sri Lanka.”
  • Visit Lipton’s Seat viewpoint for panoramic views of the surrounding tea estates and countryside.
  • Conclude your day in Ella, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 12: Ella – Arugam Bay

Hiking and Waterfalls
  • Start your day with a morning hike to Little Adam’s Peak, enjoying stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.
  • Next, take a walk across the famous Nine Arches Bridge and enjoy the scenic views.
  • Then, explore Ravana Falls, one of the widest waterfalls in Sri Lanka.
  • Proceed to Arugam Bay for an overnight stay, following your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 13: Arugam Bay

Relaxation and Water Activities
  • Enjoy a full day in Arugam Bay, where you can surf, sunbathe, or simply unwind by the turquoise waters. You can also engage in water activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and swimming.
  • Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Arugam Bay as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 14: Arugam Bay – Gal Oya

Scenic Views and Ancient Temples
  • After breakfast, climb up Elephant Rock for a stunning panoramic view of the entire area.
  • Visit Muhudu Maha Viharaya, a 2000-year-old temple set amidst sand dunes.
  • Explore Kudumbigala Monastery, located in the middle of the jungle.
  • Proceed to Gal Oya for an overnight stay, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 15: Gal Oya – Yala

Boat Safari and Ancient Carvings
  • Embark on a boat safari in Gal Oya National Park. This park is the most untouched of all of Sri Lanka’s national parks and is the only one where you can enjoy a boat safari. Experience the wildlife up close, including elephants swimming, crocodiles hunting, and birdlife.
  • On your way to Yala, stop to discover the ancient rock carvings at Buduruwagala Temple.
  • Overnight stay near Yala National Park, following your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 16: Yala – Dikwella

Wildlife Safari and Coastal Relaxation
  • Embark on an early morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park, famed for its diverse wildlife, including leopards, elephants, and a variety of bird species.
  • After the safari, travel to Dikwella, stopping along the way to visit the Hummanaya Blow Hole.
  • Then, relax at one of the iconic spots such as Tangalle Beach.
    Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Dikwella as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 17: Dikwella

Beach Relaxation
  • Explore and relax on Tangalle or Dikwella Beaches.
  • Enjoy the serene coastal environment, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 18: Dikwella – Mirissa

Charming Villages and Scenic Views
  • After breakfast, take some time to explore the charming village of Hiriketiya.
  • Next, visit the iconic Dondra Head Lighthouse, which offers stunning views of the southern coast of Sri Lanka.
  • Then, take a refreshing swim in the serene Dandeniya Lake, surrounded by natural beauty.
  • Later, explore the Wevurukannala Buddhist Temple, known for its impressive 160-foot-high seated Buddha statue and rich history.
  • Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Mirissa, continuing your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 19: Mirissa

Whale Watching and Beach Relaxation
  • Start your day with a whale and dolphin watching tour in Mirissa, where you’ll have the opportunity to see these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat.
  • Afterwards, visit the picturesque Coconut Tree Hill.
  • Relax on Mirissa Beach.
  • Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Mirissa as part of your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 20: Mirissa – Galle

Historical Exploration and Scenic Views
  • After breakfast, proceed to Galle, stopping along the way to visit the traditional Stilt Fishermen.
    Visit the Turtle Hatchery in Koggala.
  • Discover Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, during a city tour of Galle. Explore other attractions in the area, each offering a glimpse into the city’s rich history and culture.
  • In the evening, head to the Japanese Peace Pagoda on Rumassala Mountain, a place steeped in legend and offering scenic views at sundown. Afterwards, you can relax on Jungle Beach, located at the base of the mountain.
  • Conclude your day with an overnight stay in Galle, following your Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks.


Day 21: Galle – Negombo

  • After breakfast, leave Galle and travel to the airport. Our driver will drop you off at Bandaranaike International Airport for departure, marking the conclusion of your memorable 21-day journey through Sri Lanka.

FAQs About Sri Lanka Itinerary 3 Weeks

1. What is the best time to follow a Sri Lanka itinerary for 3 weeks?

The best time to visit Sri Lanka is during the dry seasons. The west and south coasts are best visited from December to March, while the east coast is ideal from April to September.

2. Do I need a visa for a 3-week stay in Sri Lanka?

Yes, most travelers need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. You can apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) online before your trip.

3. What are the must-see attractions in a 3-week Sri Lanka itinerary?

Key attractions include Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Temple of the Tooth in Kandy, Yala National Park, and the beaches of Mirissa and Arugam Bay.

4. Is it safe to travel around Sri Lanka for 3 weeks?

Yes, Sri Lanka is generally a safe destination for tourists. However, it’s always important to stay informed about local conditions and follow standard travel safety precautions.

5. What should I pack for a 3-week trip to Sri Lanka?

Pack lightweight clothing suitable for tropical weather, comfortable walking shoes, swimwear, sunscreen, insect repellent, and a light jacket for cooler regions.

6. Can I customize my Sri Lanka itinerary for 3 weeks?

Yes, Lanka Tour Experts can help you customize your itinerary based on your preferences, interests, and travel dates.

7. How can I book accommodations for a 3-week Sri Lanka itinerary?

You can book accommodations through Lanka Tour Experts, which offers a range of options from budget-friendly hotels to luxury resorts.

8. Are there any health precautions I should take before traveling to Sri Lanka?

It’s advisable to check with your healthcare provider about recommended vaccinations before traveling to Sri Lanka. Common vaccinations include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, and Tetanus.

9. How can I get around Sri Lanka during my 3-week itinerary?

You can get around Sri Lanka using various modes of transportation including private cars, trains, and buses. Lanka Tour Experts can arrange private transportation for your convenience.

10. What kind of activities can I expect during my 3-week itinerary in Sri Lanka?

Your itinerary includes cultural tours, wildlife safaris, beach relaxation, hiking, water sports, and exploring historical sites.

By following this comprehensive Sri Lanka itinerary for 3 weeks, you will experience the best that this beautiful island has to offer, creating unforgettable memories along the way. Contact Lanka Tour Experts to start planning your perfect trip.

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