16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  10 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
2
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
7
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: Melbourne

2
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 ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Colombo online travel planner .

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Melbourne to Colombo. Traveling from Melbourne in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Colombo: highs are around 37°C and lows about 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

1
night
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 6th (Wed): stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Sigiriya trip planner.

Getting from Colombo to Sigiriya by combination of flight and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

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.
On the 7th (Thu), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

Plan a trip to Udawalawe National Park easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. January in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

3
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Ella side-trips: Amba Estate (in Bandarawela), Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale) and Nuwara Eliya (Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, Mohini falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella journey planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Amba Estate, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip maker tool .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ella to Yala National Park. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

3
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 Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planning website .

You can fly from Yala National Park to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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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

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 15th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach.

For where to stay and tourist information, read our Galle online 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. In January, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. On the 17th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa Beach, Mirissa Beach
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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