16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Galle
— 3 nights
3
Kandy
— 3 nights
4
Sigiriya
— 1 night
5
Ella
— 2 nights
6
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Negombo (LUV SL Negombo & Negombo Beach). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, look for gifts at Stone 'N' String, stroll around Viharamahadevi Park, and kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo online day trip planner.

Hyderabad, India to Colombo is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. Traveling from Hyderabad in January, Colombo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stop by Embark, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

Plan my day in Galle using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Galle are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

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.
When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately Pinnawala away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at National Museum Kandy, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range, and explore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Galle to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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 26th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, thenlook for gifts at Lanka Silks, thendelve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and finally browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Kandy to Sigiriya by car takes about 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
sigiri art gallery ©
sigiri art gallery

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 27th (Sun): snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, get great views at Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ella, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Sigiriya to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping

Side Trip

Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Horton Plains National Park, take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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