16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka itinerary builder

Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 day
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
3
Kandy
— 1 night
4
Hatton
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
7
Kalametiya
— 2 nights
8
Mirissa
— 2 nights
9
Colombo
— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): walk around Galle Face Green.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo day trip website.

Geneva, Switzerland to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Geneva to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In December, Colombo is warmer than Geneva - with highs of °C and lows of °C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Sun) before leaving for Dambulla.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks
Find places to stay Nov 30 — Dec 1:
Highlights from your plan
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): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, thendon't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, thenbrowse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Dambulla day trip planning app.

You can do a combination of train and taxi from Colombo to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Spas
Find places to stay Dec 1 — 3:
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip maker.

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
Find places to stay Dec 3 — 4:

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. Start off your visit on the 4th (Wed): look for gifts at Mlesna Tea Castle, pause for some serene contemplation at Warleigh Church, and then explore the activities along Castlereagh Reservoir.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Hatton itinerary planner.

Getting from Kandy to Hatton by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Hatton

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Warleigh Church, Mlesna Tea Castle
Find places to stay Dec 4 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Castlereagh Reservoir ©
Castlereagh Reservoir
Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church
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, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella day trip planning tool.

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

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
Find places to stay Dec 5 — 7:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches 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.
Start 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. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park day trip planning website.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kataragama
Find places to stay Dec 7 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Kalametiya

Kalametiya ©
Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Ussangoda National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary.

For more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Kalametiya sightseeing planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Kalametiya. December in Kalametiya sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ussangoda National Park, Madunagala Hermitage
Find places to stay Dec 9 — 11:
Highlights from your plan
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary
Ussangoda National Park ©
Ussangoda National Park

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, stroll through Mirissa Beach, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner.

You can drive from Kalametiya to Mirissa in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in December, and nighttime lows around °C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Jungle Beach
Find places to stay Dec 11 — 13:
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Colombo holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

Similar Plans

17 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ROMANIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 18 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM RUSSIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 20 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 18 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM RUSSIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 18 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA March, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: March, kids, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 24 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: June, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ROMANIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 8 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: February, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 14 days in India & Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 24 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 31 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA November, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife, hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium
See more plans