16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hannover
+3
train + bus + Fly + taxi:  19​h
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
2
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Ridi Viharaya (in Kurunegala) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Earth Bound Creations Showroom, and make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planning site .

Hannover, Germany to Kandy is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 4 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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).

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip builder site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota 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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: 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, learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ella trip itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Ella in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, St Mark’s Church
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 21st (Mon), stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arugam Bay, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and finally 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 Magul Maha Viharaya, delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, make a trip 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.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip builder app .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Magul Maha Viharaya
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To plan Sigiriya vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can 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
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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