16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Galle
— 2 nights
4
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
5
Mirissa
— 1 night
6
Ella
— 2 nights
7
Hambantota
— 1 night
8
Yala National Park
— 1 night
9
Sigiriya
— 1 night
10
Negombo
— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): look for gifts at Salie's Fine Jewelry & Gem Stones, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then stroll around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Colombo itinerary planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to India Standard Time (IST) is 5.5 hours. In March, Colombo is warmer than London - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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.
On the 16th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, thentake in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Kandy view point, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanthana Mountain Range.

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Kandy attractions tool.

You can do a combination of taxi and train from Colombo to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

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

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Galle vacation planner.

Fly from Kandy to Galle in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. March in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Historic Sites Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 20th (Fri), kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa online trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Galle to Hikkaduwa in an hour. March in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
Highlights from your plan
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

1
night
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 22nd (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thensee majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Mirissa driving holiday planner.

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around °C in March, and nighttime lows around °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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 23rd (Mon): take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thentake in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ella trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Hambantota.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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
Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Walawe River Safari and then explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Hambantota visit site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Hambantota takes 2.5 hours. In March in Hambantota, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park

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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 26th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip itinerary website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Hambantota to Yala National Park. In March in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

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

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.
On the 27th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip itinerary planning site.

Fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Dhilip De Alwis
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

1
night
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
On the 28th (Sat), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, thenstroll through Negombo Beach, and then look for gifts at DIANA Souvenirs.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Negombo holiday builder site.

Traveling by flight from Sigiriya to Negombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In March in Negombo, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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