16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Geneva
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Colombo
— 1 day
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Hatton
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
bus:  5​h 15​min
7
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Geneva

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): stroll around Galle Face Green.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colombo driving holiday planner.

Geneva, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, tram, and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time to India Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect much warmer temperatures when traveling from Geneva in December; daily highs in Colombo reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. On the 1st (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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 1st (Sun): don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Sigiriya, then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Dambulla trip planning app .

Getting from Colombo to Dambulla by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. You will leave for Hatton on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Kandy

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
Hatton

Hatton ©
Hatton is a town in the Nuwara Eliya District of Central Province, Sri Lanka governed by the Hatton-Dickoya Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): stop by Mlesna Tea Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Warleigh Church, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Castlereagh Reservoir.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Hatton travel planning site .

You can drive from Kandy to Hatton in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Hatton

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mlesna Tea Castle, Warleigh Church
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Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
Castlereagh Reservoir ©
Castlereagh Reservoir
Mlesna Tea Castle ©
Mlesna Tea Castle

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.
Ella is known for nature, spas, parks, museums, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella trip app .

You can drive from Hatton to Ella in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park online trip 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. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mirissa: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Unawatuna (Unawatuna Devol Devalaya & Jungle Beach) and Galle Fort (in Galle). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and stop by LAZY.RIDE.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mirissa travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by bus from Yala National Park to Mirissa takes 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

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

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
On the 13th (Fri), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Colombo day trip site .

Getting from Mirissa to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

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