16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
2
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
3
Ella
— 3 nights
4
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
5
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
6
Kandy
— 3 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Dambulla (Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, Golden Temple of Dambulla, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

Plan trip to Sigiriya with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

London, UK to Sigiriya is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Sigiriya is 5.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
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 24th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Okanda Devalaya.

For where to stay and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park travel route planning tool.

Getting from Sigiriya to Yala National Park by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In March, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Okanda Devalaya ©
Okanda Devalaya
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Hakgala Botanic Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ella attractions planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trips

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Hakgala Botanic Gardens
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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 29th (Sun), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Unawatuna

Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Bentota (Bentota Beach & Sea Turtle Protection Association) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Jungle Beach, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna trip maker tool.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

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

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 (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Kandy travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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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