17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Nairobi
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Haputale
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  15 h 45 min
End: Nairobi

4
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 find plenty of places to visit near Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & LUV SL Negombo). There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Lucia's Cathedral, don't miss a visit to Independence Square, and pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary website.

Nairobi, Kenya to Colombo is an approximately 14-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 2.5 hours traveling from Nairobi to Colombo. In April, Colombo is somewhat warmer than Nairobi - with highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 9th (Mon), make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In April in Galle, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Haputale.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Unawatuna
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

4
nights
Haputale

Haputale ©
Nestled atop Uva, Sri Lanka's main mountain range, lies tranquil Haputale.
Get out of town with these interesting Haputale side-trips: Ella (Ella Rock, Little Adam's Peak, &more) and Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya).

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Haputale trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Galle to Haputale takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Haputale

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Ella, Horton Plains National Park
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Millennium Elephant Foundation (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, and appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Kandy travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Haputale to Kandy in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Millennium Elephant Foundation, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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 18th (Wed): make a trip to Sigiriya and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. On the 20th (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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