16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Ocho Rios, Jamaica
Bus + Fly:  28 h
1
Colombo
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Yala National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
4
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 45 min
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
6
Kandy
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  34 h
End: Ocho Rios, Jamaica

3
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Venture out of the city with trips to Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum (in Kalutara). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an exotic tour of a safari tour, get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and explore the galleries of Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

For ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo journey planner.

Ocho Rios, Jamaica to Colombo is an approximately 28- hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight. You'll lose 10.5 hours traveling from Ocho Rios to Colombo due to the time zone difference. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Bentota, Ranjiths Carving and Batik Museum
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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 17th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ella tour itinerary site.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Yala National Park

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.
On the 19th (Sat), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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.
On the 20th (Sun), savor the flavors at Dambulla Dedicated Economic Centre, take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sath Paththini Devalaya. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip maker tool.

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Parrot Rock Bridge) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

To see ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Galle road trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Galle by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and train. December in Galle sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Hindagala Temple, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then look for all kinds of wild species at RB Tours Srilanka, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planning app.

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 26th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Peradeniya
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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