16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Pune
Fly + Taxi:  8 h 15 min
1
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  3 h
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
Taxi + Bus:  2 h 15 min
4
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  10 h 45 min
End: Pune

5
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.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy online journey planner.

Pune, India to Kandy is an approximately 6- hour combination of flight and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
On the 12th (Thu), pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, make a trip to Sigiriya, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock. On the 13th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

3
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Explore Tissamaharama's surroundings by going to Udawalawe National Park (in Udawalawe National Park) and Yala National Park (in Yala National Park). Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Bundala National Park.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Tissamaharama road trip planning app.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. April in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Yala National Park, Bundala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

4
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mirissa: Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Galle (Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, Galle Fort, &more). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa tour website.

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Tissamaharama to Mirissa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in April, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Galle, Jungle Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ella road trip planning app.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks

Side Trip

Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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