16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Fly + taxi:  2​h 15​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 45​min
2
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kataragama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
5
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h
End: Colombo

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). Spend the 25th (Wed) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in nature's colorful creations at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya tour website .

Colombo to Sigiriya is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, and then look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay planning app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Arugam Bay takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Kataragama.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

2
nights
Kataragama

Kataragama ©
Kataragama is a pilgrimage town sacred to Buddhist, Hindu and indigenous Vedda people of Sri Lanka. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, then take an exotic tour of a safari tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Kataragama trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Kataragama in 3 hours. September in Kataragama sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kataragama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Tissamaharama, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Franciscan Sister's Jam Room & Hakgala Botanic Gardens), Amba Estate (in Bandarawela) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, view the masterpieces at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden.

Plan a trip to Ella easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

You can drive from Kataragama to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale, Amba Estate
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Unawatuna

Get out of town with these interesting Unawatuna side-trips: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Unawatuna trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Unawatuna takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle, Hikkaduwa Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Kandy trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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