16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
train:  2​h 45​min
4
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Habarana
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Trincomalee
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Anuradhapura
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: London

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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.
To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online attractions planner .

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5 hours. While traveling from London, expect a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 35°C to lows of 30°C. On the 14th (Sat), you'll travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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3
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.
Diana Spice Garden has been added to your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ceylon Tea Museum and Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. There's more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Kandy planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Diana Spice Garden
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio

1
night
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya driving holiday planner .

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple
Holy Trinity Church ©
Holy Trinity Church

1
night
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 19th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella online tour planner .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Habarana.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks
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Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Thrimal Ayurvedic Treatment Center has been added to your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ritigala Forest Monastery and Karu Arts & Crafts. The Golden Temple and Pethikada are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Lanka Silks (in Sigiriya) and Polonnaruwa (Polonnaruwa Vatadage & Gal Potha). Spend the 22nd (Sun) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

To see ratings, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Habarana trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Ella to Habarana in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Karu Arts & Crafts, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Ritigala Forest Monastery
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Ritigala Forest Monastery ©
Ritigala Forest Monastery

4
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Nilaveli Beach and Trincomalee Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Trincomalee War Cemetery and Hoods Tower Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Pigeon Island National Park in Nilaveli (about 54 minutes away). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, look for all kinds of wild species at Sail Lanka Charter, and kick back and relax at Arisimale Beach.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Trincomalee trip itinerary app .

Drive from Habarana to Trincomalee in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Koneswaram Temple ©
Koneswaram Temple
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Fri): examine the collection at Abhayagiri Museum, delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Anuradhapura trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Trincomalee to Anuradhapura by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Nature Parks Museums
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Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana
Abhayagiri Museum ©
Abhayagiri Museum

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night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelery & Gem Stones and then buy something for everyone on your list at Arcade Independence Square.

Find out how to plan Colombo trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Traveling by train from Anuradhapura to Colombo takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping
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Arcade Independence Square ©
Arcade Independence Square

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