16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

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

1
night
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 2nd (Thu): walk around Galle Face Green, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then look for gifts at Urban Island, and finally indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

Before you visit Colombo, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Chennai, India to Colombo is an approximately 4.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Chennai in July, you will find days in Colombo are little chillier (37°C), and nights are about the same (31°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the train to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya. Keep things going the next day: stop by Made In Ceylon, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galle trip builder.

Traveling by train from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle 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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): play a few rounds at RB Tours Srilanka, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Hindagala Temple.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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 9th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

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

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.
On the 10th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planning tool.

Drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 3.5 hours. July in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Udawalawe National Park trip site.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Dambulla (Sath Paththini Devalaya & Golden Temple of Dambulla). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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