8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Alexandria, Egypt
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Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly + Taxi:  11 h 45 min
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
4
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Alexandria, Egypt

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Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): admire the striking features of St. Catherine's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, and then admire the striking features of Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Borg El Arab International Airport. In January in Alexandria, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
St. Catherine's Cathedral ©
St. Catherine's Cathedral

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Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Galle sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alexandria to Galle in 12.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, taxi, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Alexandria to Galle is 3.5 hours. Traveling from Alexandria in January, things will get warmer in Galle: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

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

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

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 6th (Mon), make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip builder.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

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

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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park visit planner.

Getting from Kandy to Yala National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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Ella, Sri Lanka

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 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, 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 stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For more things to do, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Ella travel planning tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

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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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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