16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1 h 15 min
3
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Drive:  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
Drive:  3 h 45 min
7
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (DIANA Souvenirs & Negombo Beach). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Colombo. In November in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo
Find places to stay Nov 15 — 17:
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

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Do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a 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, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
Find places to stay Nov 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

3
nights
Unawatuna

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: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Masjid ul Abrar (in Beruwala) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bentota Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To find photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna online vacation planner.

Fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory, Masjid ul Abrar, Mirissa Beach, Bentota Beach
Find places to stay Nov 20 — 23:
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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.
On the 24th (Sun), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park tour itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows 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

Nature Wildlife Parks
Find places to stay Nov 23 — 24:

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 Nine Arches Bridge, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, thenadmire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ella vacation website.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Ella in 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Find places to stay Nov 24 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, thenenjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and then get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay itinerary builder.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Outdoors Spas
Find places to stay Nov 26 — 28:
Highlights from your plan
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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): explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, thenview the masterpieces at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sigiriya day trip planning site.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Find places to stay Nov 28 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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