16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Mumbai
Fly:  3​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Train:  6​h 30​min
2
Jaffna
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Mumbai

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Negombo Beach, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Stone 'N' String, then look for gifts at Barefoot, and then stroll through Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo trip builder .

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 3.5-hour flight. In March, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Colombo

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Mount Lavinia Beach ©
Mount Lavinia Beach
Barefoot ©
Barefoot

3
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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 5th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Jaffna Fort. Keep things going the next day: hunt for treasures at Jaffna Market, appreciate the history behind Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Jaffna tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Jaffna takes 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping Beaches
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Nallur Kovil ©
Nallur Kovil
Jaffna Fort ©
Jaffna Fort
Casuarina Beach ©
Casuarina Beach

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Hurulu Eco Park, then steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gal Potha, and finally explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Lotus Pond, explore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada, then explore the ancient world of King’s Council Chamber, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, use the Polonnaruwa day trip planning app .

Getting from Jaffna to Polonnaruwa by car takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Hurulu Eco Park
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Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House
Gal Potha ©
Gal Potha
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

2
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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 10th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham, then get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, then make a trip to Demodara Loop, and finally don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

Make your Ella itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham ©
St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Jayamali Batiks Studio and Kandy City Center. Visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Commonwealth War Cemetery for their historical value. Change things up with a short trip to Victoria Golf & Country Resort in Rajawella (about 54 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Victoria Golf & Country Resort
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Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Shop till you drop at Cara Jewellers and Stick No Bills Poster Gallery. You'll get in some beach time at Mirissa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. When in Unawatuna, make a side trip to see Dolphin & Whale Watching in Mirissa, approximately 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, gain a rich perspective with a tour of cultural highlights, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and pause for some serene contemplation at All Saints Anglican Church.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip maker site .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Unawatuna in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Beaches Historic Sites

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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