17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  24​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
taxi + train:  3​h 30​min
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Trincomalee
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
train:  2​h 30​min
7
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Colombo online trip planner .

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Colombo is 5 hours. Traveling from London in August, expect nights in Colombo to be much hotter, around 30°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 36°C. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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.
On the 14th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy itinerary maker site .

Fly from Colombo to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife

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
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 (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock. On your second day here, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Ella trip planner .

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

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

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Dylan's Surf Company has been added to your itinerary. Step out of Arugam Bay with an excursion to Kumana National Park in Ampara--about 1h 05 min away.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay online route planner .

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. On the 22nd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Kumana National Park
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Dylan's Surf Company ©
Dylan's Surf Company
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

3
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): make a trip to Fort Frederick and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Trincomalee trip planner .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Trincomalee by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Nilaveli
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Pigeon Island National Park ©
Pigeon Island National Park
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Mon): contemplate the long history of kaludiya Pokuna, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Safaris
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

1
night
Colombo

Colombo ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Blue Lanka Tours. On the 27th (Tue), gain a rich perspective with Blue Lanka Tours.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Colombo itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Blue Lanka Tours ©
Blue Lanka Tours

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