16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Warsaw
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Negombo
— Few hours
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Ella
— 1 day
train:  30​min
7
Haputale
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
8
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
9
Hambantota
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
10
Galle
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
11
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Warsaw

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Negombo

Negombo
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Negombo trip itinerary app .

Warsaw, Poland to Negombo is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Warsaw in January, with highs in Negombo at 36°C and lows at 26°C. On the 18th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dambulla.

Things to do in Negombo

Historic Sites
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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.
You've now added Golden Cave Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): Head underground at The Golden Temple and then explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple.

For photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla trip builder website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Negombo to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Mihintale, then make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Ruwanwelisaya Dagoba, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Maha Boodhi Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Samadhi Statue, then explore the activities along Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, and finally don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Anuradhapura trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Dambulla to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Polonnaruwa vacation planner.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 2.5 hours. On the 20th (Sat), you'll travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sun): pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Udawattekele Sanctuary and then identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Polonnaruwa to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

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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 23rd (Tue), snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ella online trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Haputale.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham, then get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, then relax in the rural setting at Dambatenne Tea Factory, and finally identify plant and animal life at Thangamale Bird Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Haputale trip itinerary planner .

Haputale is just a short distance from Ella. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Haputale

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 23 — 24:
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St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Dambatenne Tea Factory ©
Dambatenne Tea Factory

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Haputale to Yala National Park with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Hambantota.
Find places to stay Jan 24 — 25:
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Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala

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Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Hambantota online attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Hambantota with the Route module. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
Find places to stay Jan 25 — 26:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Naga Viharaya) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Unawatuna Beach, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip planner .

Drive from Hambantota to Galle in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 30:
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Negombo

Negombo ©
On the 30th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, then stroll through Galle Face Green, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Negombo online trip maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Negombo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Shopping Beaches

Side Trip

Colombo
Find places to stay Jan 30 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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