17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly + Taxi:  15 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
2
Galle
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 45 min
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h
7
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  15 h
End: Milan

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip planning app.

Milan, Italy to Kandy is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Kandy is 4 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, and then stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Galle road trip planner.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. agosto in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa Beach, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Sigiriya holiday builder website.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip tool.

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In agosto, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Nature Wildlife
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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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally take in the views from Nine Arch Bridge.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in agosto, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 26th (Wed), explore the activities along Pottuvil Lagoon, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay sightseeing planner.

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in agosto, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Historic Sites Shopping Parks
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Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo Beach (in Negombo) and Bentota (Spas & Bentota Beach). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Arugam Bay to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. In agosto, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Bentota, Negombo Beach
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Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Safaris

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