16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
bus:  2​h 15​min
4
Mirissa
— 4 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
+4
taxi + Fly + foot + bus + train:  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.
When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in the awesome beauty at Alagalla Mountain Range, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stop by Kandy City Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kandy itinerary planner.

Pune, India to Kandy is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock. On the next day, explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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.
Take a break from Tissamaharama with a short trip to Udawalawe National Park in Uda Walawe National Park, about 1h 25 min away. Spend the 15th (Sun) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Spend the 16th (Mon) exploring nature at Bundala National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Tissamaharama trip maker site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Tissamaharama, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Yala National Park, Uda Walawe National Park, Bundala National Park
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Galle (Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, Galle Fort, & more) and Unawatuna (Jungle Beach & Unawatuna Beach). Next up on the itinerary: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mirissa trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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): make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then don't miss a visit to Kinellan Tea Factory. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

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Do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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