16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Kataragama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
5
Kandy
— 4 nights
taxi + Fly:  18​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 12th (Thu), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary website .

Sydney, Australia to Arugam Bay is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Sydney to Arugam Bay due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kataragama.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

2
nights
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Kataragama visit planner .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Kataragama in 3 hours. In September, daytime highs in Kataragama are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Kataragama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
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, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, and admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planning app .

You can drive from Kataragama to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Dutch Reformed Church, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Galle attractions planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. September in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Bentota Beach
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Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

4
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 Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Embekke Devalaya, and identify plant and animal life at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bambaragala Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Embekke Devalaya, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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