16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  2​h
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Explore Colombo's surroundings by going to Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs & Negombo Beach). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip site .

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Colombo. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

3
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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, make a trip to Kandy view point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner.

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, 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
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Masjid ul Abrar (in Beruwala), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa).

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip itinerary planning site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In November in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa Beach, Masjid ul Abrar, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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 24th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) 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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella trip maker website .

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 27th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker tool .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Spas
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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