16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 2 nights
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
3
Ella
— 2 nights
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
6
Galle
— 3 nights
7
Colombo
— 3 nights

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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

Berlin, Germany to Kandy is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Kandy is 4.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, 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
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Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park route maker.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. December in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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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.
On the 18th (Wed), snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. On the next day, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary planning site.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 20th (Fri), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks · Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 21st (Sat), make a trip to Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 22nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, and then pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip planning website.

You can fly from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Avukana Buddha Statue, Dhilip De Alwis
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary builder website.

Getting from Dambulla to Galle by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

3
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Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 26th (Thu), make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Kathiresan Temple.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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