16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Hannover
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  19 h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
3
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19 h 45 min
End: Hannover

2
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Kandy side-trips: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala). There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy online day trip planner.

Hannover, Germany to Kandy is an approximately 16- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, tram, flight, and taxi. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Ridi Viharaya
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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

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and explore the galleries of Pilgrims Lounge Chrishtopher Handicraft and Paint Gallery.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip builder tool.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to St Mark’s Church (in Badulla) and Nuwara Eliya (Mohini falls & Hakgala Botanic Gardens). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, hike along Nature Trail Ella, stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Ella travel route planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Ella by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, St Mark’s Church
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 21st (Mon), look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, stroll through Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Magul Maha Viharaya, steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Ella to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip itinerary planning app.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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