16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dambulla
— 1 night
train:  2​h 15​min
4
Colombo
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: London

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Mirissa Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Visiting Dolphin & Whale Watching and Unawatuna Beach will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary planning site .

London, UK to Galle is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Udawattekele Sanctuary will get you outdoors. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Lake are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Horton Plains National Park in Ohiya, about 2 hours away. There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, see the interesting displays at Raja Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Hindagala Temple, and pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Kandy vacation planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Cave Temple and then explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Dambulla day trip planning site .

You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Dambulla

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

6
nights
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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Mount Lavinia Beach and National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka. Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya (in Boralesgamuwa), St. Mary's Church (in Negombo) and Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha (in Kadawata). There's much more to do: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lucia's Cathedral, and wander the streets of Independence Square.

For ratings and tourist information, use the Colombo travel itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Dambulla to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. In April, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Bellanwila Raja Maha Viharaya, Holy Mother of Expectation Church Eldeniya Kadawatha, Kalutara Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach

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