16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Mumbai
Fly:  3 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  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
Fly:  2 h
6
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach, thenappreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, stop by Barefoot, and then kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Colombo journey app.

Mumbai, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Mumbai in March, expect a bit warmer with lows of 29°C in Colombo. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jaffna.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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), steep yourself in history at Jaffna Fort. On your second day here, browse the eclectic array of goods at Jaffna Market, pause for some photo ops at Maruthanamadam Anjaneyar Temple, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Dambakola Patuna Sangamitta Temple, and finally kick back and relax at Casuarina Beach.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Jaffna driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Jaffna in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Jaffna

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, thensteep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House, thencontemplate the long history of Gal Potha, and finally pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Lotus Pond, explore the ancient world of Weijantha Prasada, thendelve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Polonnaruwa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Polonnaruwa tour planner.

You can drive from Jaffna to Polonnaruwa in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 10th (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of St Benedict's Monastery - Adisham, thenget great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, thenmake a trip to Demodara Loop, and finally take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To see more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ella itinerary site.

Drive from Polonnaruwa to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Step off the beaten path and head to Kandy War Cemetery and Udawattekele Sanctuary. When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Victoria Golf & Country Resort in Rajawella, approximately Rajawella away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, stop by Kandy City Center, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Ella to Kandy in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough 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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Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cara Jewellers and All Saints Anglican Church. Attractions like Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Change things up with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Mirissa (about 38 minutes away). It doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and look for gifts at Embark.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks 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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