16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Lahore
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
6
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Galle
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 15 min
End: Lahore

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): browse the exhibits of Ganeshism Studio Gallery and then appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip builder tool .

Lahore, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Traveling from Lahore in February, expect nights in Colombo to be much hotter, around 27°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine
Seema Malakaya Temple ©
Seema Malakaya Temple

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, then see the interesting displays at Abhayagiri Museum, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

To find reviews and more tourist information, read our Anuradhapura day trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Museums
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Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

1
night
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): soar above the sights with a balloon tour.

To find reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Museums Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Balloon Rides
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Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Pethikada ©
Pethikada
sigiri art gallery ©
sigiri art gallery

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, and finally explore the activities along Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

Discover how to plan a Kandy trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then head outdoors with Devil's Staircase. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, then stop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya journey planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Devil's Staircase
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bomburuella Waterfall ©
Bomburuella Waterfall
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

2
nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Nature Trail Ella. On your second day here, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Ella online trip builder .

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): kick back and relax at Matara Beach, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by Dress Palace, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, tour the pleasant surroundings at Medawatta Beach, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Fishing Charters & Tours
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Dalawella Beach has been added to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Dalawella Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mihiripenna Beach.

To see reviews, other places to visit, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, read Galle trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Mihiripenna Beach
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Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach

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