15 days in Sigiriya, Ella & Matara Itinerary

15 days in Sigiriya, Ella & Matara Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Sofia
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Matara
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  23 h 45 min
End: Sofia

5
nights
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Safaris and Sigiriya Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Anuradhapura (Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, Mirisaveti Stupa, &more), Matale (Euphoria Spice and Herbal & Knuckles Mountain Range) and Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, make a trip to Sigiriya Craft Village, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya online road trip planner.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Sigiriya is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 3.5 hours traveling from Sofia to Sigiriya due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Anuradhapura, Habarana, Matale, Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Honey Bee Garden and Demodara Loop. Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale), Bandarawela (Amba Estate & Dhowa Rock Temple) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Monastery, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ella sightseeing planner.

Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. In November, daytime highs in Ella are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Matara.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trips

Bandarawela, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Horton Plains National Park, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Coffee & Tea Tours

4
nights
Matara

Matara ©
A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nandana Tea Factory and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Matara: Galle Fort (in Galle), Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama) and Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Weherahena Buddhist Temple, enjoy the sand and surf at Polhena Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Snake Farm.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Matara trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ella to Matara by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a bus. November in Matara sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Matara

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Nandana Tea Factory, Jungle Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Weherahena Buddhist Temple ©
Weherahena Buddhist Temple

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