16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 1 night
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
3
Jaffna
— 1 night
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
6
Ella
— 2 nights
7
Galle
— 3 nights
8
Negombo
— 2 nights

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.
On the 8th (Tue), catch a ride with Taxis & Shuttles, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 9th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and finally look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy road trip tool.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 10th (Thu), contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, thenmake a trip to Mihintale, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), admire the engineering at Tissa Wewa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and finally don't miss a visit to Anuradhapura Stupas Scenic Point.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura trip planner.

Drive from Kandy to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond ©
Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond

1
night
Jaffna

Jaffna ©
A center of Tamil culture, the city of Jaffna remains in the process of rebuilding after suffering greatly during the civil war.
On the 12th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nallur Kovil, thencontemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kadurugoda Buddhist Temple, thensnap pictures at Pannai Causeway, and finally go for a walk through Jaffna Eco Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Jaffna vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Anuradhapura to Jaffna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Parks
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Pannai Causeway ©
Pannai Causeway
Jaffna Eco Park ©
Jaffna Eco Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sun): revel in the low prices at Oakray Woodcarvings, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then see Off-Road Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, thendon't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Jaffna to Sigiriya takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Dambulla
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, thenvisit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, thenlook for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and then head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

To see ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka
Spas
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, thentake in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, thensnap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and finally explore the galleries of I Love Ceylon Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ella travel route planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, cast your line with a fishing tour, and look for gifts at Made In Ceylon.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Galle online travel planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) early enough to drive to Negombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 22nd (Tue), appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, thenstroll around Galle Face Green, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally walk around Viharamahadevi Park. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Selyn, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Negombo online journey planner.

You can drive from Galle to Negombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of train and bus. September in Negombo sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Colombo
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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