15 days in Sigiriya, Ella & Matara Itinerary

15 days in Sigiriya, Ella & Matara Itinerary

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15 days in Sigiriya, Ella & Matara Itinerary

Start: Sofia
Fly + Drive:  18 h 15 min
1
Sigiriya
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 4 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Sigiriya Museum and Euphoria Spice and Herbal. Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Knuckles Mountain Range (in Matale) and Anuradhapura (Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, Mirisaveti Stupa, &more). The adventure continues: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and shop like a local with Sigiriya Craft Village.

To see more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya vacation builder tool.

Sofia, Bulgaria to Sigiriya is an approximately 18.5- hour combination of flight and car. You'll lose 3 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, Matale, Habarana, Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Honey Bee Garden and Spas. Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale), Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Bandarawela (Amba Estate & Dhowa Rock Temple). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and make a trip to Demodara Loop.

For maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Matara.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Snake Farm and Weherahena Buddhist Temple. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Matara: Galle (Galle Fort & Stick No Bills Poster Gallery), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Handunugoda Tea Estate (in Ahangama). The adventure continues: stroll through Polhena Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, and enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Matara trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Matara in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Matara can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Matara

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Galle, Handunugoda Tea Estate, Nandana Tea Factory, Jungle Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Handunugoda Tea Estate ©
Handunugoda Tea Estate
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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