Sri Lanka Itinerary 21 Days

If three weeks is all you have, we can make the best of it in Sri Lanka. Offering a variety of landscapes – from the finest beaches to panoramic hill country views to wildlife backdrops, this Sri Lanka itinerary 21 days will comprise of an exciting, fun-filled holiday to spend with your partner, family and/ or friends.
Day 1 & 2

Upon arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, a Budget Arugambay Tours Representative will meet and assist you with your clearance from the airport. He will then welcome you into a luxurious private vehicle that will be with you throughout your holiday in Sri Lanka. Your first destination on this Sri Lanka itinerary 21 days will be Kalpitiya, which is about a 3-hour drive from the airport.

Dolphin Beach Resort is where you will be staying for the first two days on a bed and breakfast meal plan at the hotel. Kalpitiya waters are home to Dolphins and the coastline is ideal for a relaxing beach stay. Kitesurfing is a popular activity you might like to try here.

Day 3 – Anuradhapura

From Kalpitiya, the next morning you will depart to Anuradhapura (2 hours drive). After exploring the ancient city, ruins and basic knowledge about Lankan history, you will check in to Forest Rock Garden for the night. Next day’s breakfast at the hotel is included in the package.

Nallur Kandaswamy Temple in Sri Lanka
Day 4 & 5 – Jaffna

Heading further north, this Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks will take you to Jaffna on day 4. From Anuradhapura, you will visit the Mihintale Temple first, Elephant Pass next, and then reach Jaffna – a journey totaling about 3 and a half hours.

Hotel Jaffna is your selected accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis for the next two nights in Jaffna. On day 5, you will visit the Jaffna Fort, Nallur Temple, Library, Local Markets and the Nagadeepa Temple.

Trincomalee Beach in Sri Lanka
Day 6 & 7  – Trincomalee

From Jaffna, it will take about 5 hours to reach Trincomalee, your next destination on this Sri Lanka itinerary 21 days. On day 6 & 7, you will be staying at Trinco Blu, on a breakfast and dinner included meal plan. In Trincomalee, you will visit the Kinniya Bridge and the Velgam Vehera historic Buddhist Temple. Also at your hotel, relax on the beautiful east coast of Sri Lanka and indulge in some water sports activities.

Day 8 – Sigiriya

After breakfast the next morning, you will be driven to Sigiriya (2 hour’s away) where you will visit a local village by means of a Bullock Cart. After lunch you will engage in a rock climbing activity at the “Lion’s Rock” (about 1200 steps) – which is a UNESCO world heritage site and must not be missed during your tour in Sri Lanka. After a long day, you will check in to Amaya Lake for a peaceful night in a comfortable and luxurious room.

Sacred Tooth Relic in Kandy
Day 9 – Kandy

Indulge in a delicious breakfast at Amaya Lake on Day 9 and pack up for the next few nights in Sri Lanka’s beautiful hill country. Three and a half hours from Sigiriya is the hill capital of Kandy. En-route you will visit the Dambulla Cave Temples (about 300-400 steps to climb). In Kandy, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then check in to Golden Crown Hotel for the night.

Lake Gregory in Nuwara Eliya
Day 10 – Nuwara Eliya

The hotel will provide breakfast the next morning, after which you will begin a three-hour journey to Nuwara Eliya. En-route, you will visit Ramboda Falls, a tea plantation and a tea factory. In Nuwara Eliya, you will be taken on a city tour and a food tour. Araliya Green Hills is where you will be staying on day 10.

Day 11 – Ella & Yala

After an early breakfast on day 11 of this Sri Lanka Itinerary 21 days, you will be transferred to the railway station for the most scenic train ride in Sri Lanka. Our driver will pick you up at the Ella railway station with all your luggage. He will take you to visit the Nine Arches Bridge in Ella and then head towards Yala – your next destination. En-route, you may also stop at the pottery place to try your hand at clay pottery making or pick up a few clay vessels for your home. Upon reaching your next destination, you will check in to  Yala for the night

Day 12 & 16 – ArugamBay 

Come and enjoy the best Star Rest surf holiday ever! If surfing is your dream and passion, if you are ready to fight with your fears and learn, if you love nature, especially elephants and crocodiles, Lagoon Safari, Kumana National Park, Camping and Yoga if you are positive and open to new adventures, and if you want to become a part of a big surf family, then Star Rest Hotel surf camp is for you. Make your surf dreams come true with this amazing opportunity to learn how to surf with a professional team of instructors! 

Day 17 & 18 –Hikkaduwa

Situated on the point adjacent to the Hikkadewa  Hotel and next to the protected lagoon. Grab a handfull of seeweed and feed the turtles. Be mindful not to harass them or the local Turtle warden will read you riot  corel an Boat tour in the water act.


Day 19 & 20 – Bentota

An early morning jeep safari ride will await at your hotel entrance the next day which will take you to the Yala National Park to explore the wildlife of Sri Lanka. After this, you will head towards the southern coast of Unawatuna for a cookery demonstration and a visit to the local market. Your next stop will be at Avani Bentota for a relaxing two nights stay on bed and breakfast basis. Bentota is on the south west coast of Sri Lanka and offers beautiful beaches for a swim and sun tan, along with adventurous water sports activities if you wish to try some.

SriLankan Airline 02
Day 21 – Transfer to Airport

This completes the Sri Lanka itinerary 3 weeks with Budget Arugambay Tours and depending on the time of your flight, you will be transferred to the airport directly from Bentota (2 hour’s drive). If you wish to book this package, make any changes to it or get a completely new tailor made package for your holiday in Sri Lanka, please do get in touch with us. Our friendly team of travel consultants will happily assist you.




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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 11 reviews
June 26, 2020

Awesome 21 Day Adventure Tour!

We have just wrapped up a 21 day private Adventure Tour of Sri Lanka with Budget Arugambay Tours. Sri Lanka is a beautiful, clean country with friendly people and Budget Arugambay Tours really is a first-rate operator. The initial communications to organize and scope the tour were handled impeccably by Ansa was our contact during the tour and constantly took an interest in ensuring that our tour was going well. Our Guide, Faina , was awesome. Ansa was constantly upbeat as he piloted and guided us all around his beautiful country. He was responsive to all of our requests, especially near the end of the tour as hotel stays had to be adjusted and as tour events were cancelled (and replaced by hikes which allowed social distancing) as the Covid-19 outbreak unfolded.
Our private tour was terrific. The hotels were all comfortable and very well-chosen. The car was clean and comfortable and we appreciated the Wi-Fi hotspot that was provided in the car while we were driving. Having a private tour made it easy to adjust the schedule and timing of events. It also became important from a social distancing standpoint.
Unfortunately, the excursions for the last 2 days were cancelled or changed (rightly so) as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak. I guess we will just have to go back to Sri Lanka to see the leopards at Yala and the blue whales off Mirissa. When we do go back to Sri Lanka, you can be sure that Budget Arugambay Tours look after us and we hope that Faina can be our guide.

June 26, 2020

Amazing Trip to Sri Lanka

It was a delight to travel with Budget Arugambay tours this March. The team was always willing to make our trip memorable and my trip couldn’t have been better. Dilan, our driver friend has taken good care of us, tried to accommodate our asks as much as he could. Special thanks to Ansa and Abdull as well who did their best to keep us happy.
Our route covered important areas like Colombo, Negombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Arugambay and Galle. We were lucky enough to do the majority of the attractions thanks to Ansa who has been arranging the timing perfectly. Our hotels were all amazing. It was perfectly safe to travel with only a few cases while we were there and the tour assured our safety and health first. There were no complications. I strongly recommend Budget Arugambay tours Amazing Trip to Sri Lanka

June 26, 2020

Excellent Trip – ask for the tour guide Ansa!

Lay back and enjoy a first class tickets on a ride through the beautiful Sri Lanka. You will get the best places to stay for your specific budget, see the most amazing secret spots on your tour and you are handed to knowledgable and polite local tour guides. Ansa and Budget Arugambay Tours will arrange everything for you.

We were too tired after a trip, and our driver Ishak arranged the tour to relax. That is excellent customer service!

The days before we booked Budget Arugambay Tours we did some days on our own, but experience with a tour guide and car was way better.

Ansa is such an excellent, kind and caring tour guide. Dont miss the change to experience sri lanka with him.

We enjoyed a 21 days tour through sri lanka with Budget Arugambay Tours.

June 26, 2020

Family Three week holiday in Sri Lanka

We have had the most wonderful holiday in Sri Lanka organised by Budget Arugambay Tours. Mr Ansa the manager checked in with us regularly to make sure everything was going well and we had everything we needed. We had the most fantastic guide Faina who met us from the airport and was our guide and driver for two weeks. We travelled from Colombo to Galle, Udawalawe, caught the train from Ella up to the tea plantations which was spectacular – and my teenagers loved! Then on to Kandy where Faina took us to the most amazing Buddhist Festival. Then to Sigiriya and finally to the beach on the east coast. Nothing was too much trouble for Faina he looked after us fantastically. We felt completely safe and everything ran smoothly making it a really enjoyable and relaxed way to travel. Highly Recommended by us all.

June 26, 2020

Wonderful trip

We went on a roadtrip with 9 people for 21 days and it really was an amazing experience! Ansa, Rinas and Ishak made sure we saw everything we wanted. They were always on time and were very friendly. I especially loved the safaris! They also made sure we always felt very safe. The Sri Lankan people were very friendly and the guides gave a great explanation about everything we wanted to know! It’s a wonderful country, so if you plan to visit Sri Lanka, which I would definitely recommend, make sure to do it with Budget ArugambayTours, because they give you a great experience!

June 26, 2020

Great experience for a group of 12

We went on a roundtrip for 3 weeks with Ansa, Ishak and Faina throughout all of Sri Lanka. We booked everything from Belgium and all communication went smoothly. During our stay, our drivers and guide made sure we always felt safe and whenever we wanted to do something that wasn’t planned, Ansar arranged it on the spot and the bus took us there. Faina was always there to communicare with the local guides to make sure everything was perfect for our safaris and visits, while the bus drivers always brought a smile to our face with their enthusiasm whenever we returned to the bus.Would definitely recommend this when you are planning a roundtrip in Sri Lanka as a family or group!

June 26, 2020

unforgettable roundtrip in Sri Lanka with Budget Arugambay Tours and Ansa

Budget Arugambay Tours made us fall in Love with this Paradise Island during a customized travel tour of 3 weeks for 2 families. Budget Arugambay Tours was excellent to work with for the planning of our trip; we had a lot of requests and they were all met during the journey.Thanks to Ansa, our guide and the 2 drivers we had a seamless holiday tour that is truly memorable.We saw stunningly beautiful places, ate deliciously at sometimes very smooth prices and slept in astonishing locations as 98acres in Ella, Heritance Kandelama in Dambulla and Ulagalla near Anuradhapura. We hope the touristic business will recover quickly from the cancellations after the Easter events. We felt anyway very safe during the whole journey,

June 26, 2020

Budget Arugambay Tours lived up to their expectation even at after sale service.

I selected Budget Arugambay Tours, seeing their 5 star rating in ‘tripadvisor’, for a customised tour of Sri Lanka for 21 days in November 2019.
All communication was by same tour advisor from their office, was prompt and detailed as per our requirement. That made things quite easy to finalise our tour plan.
I paid 50% of their tour price (as required by them) by Bank Transfer to confirm our tour.
Because of the unforeseen recent event, we had to cancelled our tour.
They were very professional and considerate. They refunded me the full deposit (excluding the currency variation) in two instalments.
Even if I have not have the actual tour with them but my experience with them is really 5 star one.
If things settle, not in distant future, we hope to make that trip and definitely will go with them again.

June 26, 2020

Splendid 21 days in Sri Lanka!

Spent an amazing 21 days here in Sri Lanka doing a range of activities – snorkelling, climbing the famous Sigiriya Lion Rocks and glamping in Yala! Arugambay and Tringomalle My family and I thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to this beautiful country and am very pleased with the service Budget Arugambay Tours provided! In particular, our guide, Mr Ansa, was very accommodating to our requests such as a early morning climb to Little Adam’s Peak and last minute massage cravings. He never failed to entertain us throughout the day with his fun facts of the various places we visited and his sense of humour. It was very kind of Ansa to take the extra step to introduce to us some traditional Sri Lanka street food such as our now favourite coconut and honey pancake! More importantly, we felt safe in his hands as we toured this country during this difficult period of time. We would like to thankBudget Arugambay Tours for planning this amazing itinerary and Ansa for seeing it through. I would highly recommend Budget Arugambay Tours to anyone who wants to visit Sri Lanka!

June 26, 2020

A memorable trip with Budget Arugambay Tours

I travelled with a group of 14 person in Sri Lanka and decided to engage a driver with a mini bus as my trip covered Negombo, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Tissa, Galle, Arugambay and Colombo. I planned our itinerary and booked our own accommodation for the whole trip. A friend of mine recommended A memorable trip with Blue Lanka
I travelled with a group of 14 person in Sri Lanka and decided to engage a driver with a mini bus as my trip covered Negombo, Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Ella, Tissa, Galle and Colombo. I planned our itinerary and booked our own accommodation for the whole trip. A friend of mine recommended Budget Arugambay Tours due to its excellent service and I decided to engage its guide and transport. We communicated through email and the whole process was smooth.

Upon arrival at the airport, we were welcomed by the tour guide Ansa and the driver Aswer. We couldn’t be any happier with their excellent service. I would like to thank Ansa for his effort to make our trip a memorable one. He is friendly and speaks good English. He found good places for us to enjoy our food. He is knowledgeable about Sri Lanka’s history and patiently explained to us in details. I would also like to thank Ansa and Aswer for their great driving skill and ensured our safety at all times. Last but not the least, I would like to thank Ansa for his effort to come all the way to meet us at Ella. Budget Arugambay Tours is highly recommended.

June 26, 2020

Real gem in Asia

We were actually contemplating whether to proceed with our trip when the unfortunate incidents happened in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Budget Arugambay tour personnel gave us much reassurance and we proceeded with our trip. Our tour guide Ansa took really good care of us, was really accommodating, bought local snacks for us to try, woke up real early at 4+am to bring us up the Little Adams Peak etc etc.. truly wonderful experience with a truly professional guide!

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