16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kalametiya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 3 nights
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Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 5th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: soar above the sights with a balloon tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Dambulla Royal Cave Temple.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Dambulla day trip planning site.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Pinnawala

The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): stroll through Millennium Elephant Foundation, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then get outside with See Lanka Travels.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Pinnawala day trip planner.

Drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

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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 8th (Sun), contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. Here are some ideas for day two: play a few rounds at MERVEILLES DU SRI LANKA, then browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kandy trip site.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Golf · Outdoors

Side Trips

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then admire the artistry at dee tattoo studio ella.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ella trip maker app.

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in November, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Fun & Games

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Udawalawe National Park using our trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Udawalawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Parks · Wildlife

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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 your second day here, get outside with Outdoor Activities and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park day trip site.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. In November in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can travel to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Kalametiya

Kalametiya is known for wildlife, parks, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: catch a ride with UP Travels & Tours - Excursions, kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, delve into the distant past at Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, and see majestic marine mammals with Two Daughters Travel.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kalametiya trip builder website.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Kalametiya. November in Kalametiya sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Wildlife · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, stop by Cara Jewellers, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Galle road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Kalametiya to Galle takes 2.5 hours. In November in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.