16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Colombo
Drive:  2 h 15 min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 15 min
7
Dickoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
8
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
9
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
10
Negombo
— 1 day
Drive:  45 min
End: Colombo

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 8th (Sun), kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, thensee the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, thenview the masterpieces at Saffron Robes, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa attractions planning tool.

Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of train and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): stroll through Mirissa Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenstop by LAZY.RIDE, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. On the next day, cast your line with a fishing tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get to know the resident critters at Snake Farm.

To see where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa route maker site.

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Wewurukannala Vihara. Take a break from the city and head to Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary and Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary. Step out of Rekawa to go to Kudawella and see Hummanaya Blow Hole, which is approximately 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Rekawa journey maker tool.

Drive from Mirissa to Rekawa in 2 hours. In December in Rekawa, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Wewurukannala Vihara, Hummanaya Blow Hole, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
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Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch ©
Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Udawalawe Trails. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawa day trip planning website.

You can drive from Rekawa to Udawalawa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails
Safaris

1
night
Yala National Park

Yala National Park
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
For maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Udawalawa to Yala National Park. In December, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. You will leave for Ella on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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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 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thentake in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, thenadmire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

Before you visit Ella, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Ella takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. On the 17th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Dickoya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Dickoya

Dickoya ©
Dickoya is a town in Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. To find photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Dickoya day trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Dickoya in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Dickoya

Historic Sites
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Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church

2
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.
For ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Kandy road trip planning app.

Getting from Dickoya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, make a trip to Sigiriya, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

To find more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya driving holiday tool.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

1
day
Negombo

Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): get outside with Outdoor Activities, thenkick back and relax at Negombo Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Negombo trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Negombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. December in Negombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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