17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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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 + Train:  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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Colombo travel route planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 5.5 hour difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 30°C. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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 in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Kandy route website.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In August in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car 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
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dylan's Surf Company. Change things up with a short trip to Kumana National Park in Ampara (about 1h 10 min away).

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You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time for the car ride 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

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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.
On the 23rd (Fri), make a trip to Fort Frederick and then explore the striking landscape of Pigeon Island National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, stroll through Nilaveli Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go 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. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) early enough to go by car 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
Scuba & Snorkeling

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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 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya trip site.

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

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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Colombo

Colombo ©
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To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo online journey planner.

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 Outdoors Tours
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Blue Lanka Tours

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