16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Taxi:  15​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Galle
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
7
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Berlin

2
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.
Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Pinnawala to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, get curious at Natural Gems and Gemmological Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, go to the Kandy online driving holiday planner .

Berlin, Germany to Kandy is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Berlin to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough 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
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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 18th (Wed): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take an in-depth tour of R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel 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 Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park driving holiday planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

2
nights
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, and then pause for some photo ops at Avukana Buddha Statue.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Dambulla holiday app .

You can fly from Yala National Park to Dambulla in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

3
nights
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, view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take an in-depth tour of The Bandaranaike Museum, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Kathiresan Temple.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Colombo vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for 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 ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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