16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: London
Fly:  16 h 30 min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Kandy
— 5 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: London

2
nights
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.
Explore Sigiriya's surroundings by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Spend the 12th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

London, UK to Sigiriya is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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 much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, stroll through Knuckles Forest Reserve, and make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

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
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale) and Nuwara Eliya (Kande-ela Reservoir & Horton Plains National Park). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

4
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa (Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa & Hikkaduwa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Unawatuna takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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