16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Maastricht
Train + Fly:  26 h
1
Colombo
— Few hours
Drive:  45 min
2
Negombo
— 1 night
+2
Bus + Foot + Train:  5 h 45 min
3
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Kandy
— 1 night
Train:  6 h 30 min
6
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
7
Udawalawa
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 45 min
8
Hambantota
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
9
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
10
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
11
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  16 h 15 min
End: Dusseldorf

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Colombo

Colombo
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo driving holiday planner.

Maastricht, The Netherlands to Colombo is an approximately 17-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Maastricht to Colombo. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Maastricht in September: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 36°C and lows are around 30°C. On the 18th (Tue), you'll travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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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.
For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Negombo route builder tool.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Negombo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Negombo are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You will leave for Anuradhapura on the 19th (Wed).

Things to do in Negombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura ©
Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
On the 19th (Wed), take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, thenadmire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, and then don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. On the next day, make a trip to Isurumuniya Temple, contemplate the waterfront views at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mihintale.

For more things to do and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura trip maker.

Drive from Negombo to Anuradhapura in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): view the masterpieces at Pethikada, thentake an in-depth tour of Archaeological Museum, thenexamine the collection at Sigiriya Museum, and finally don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock.

For ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Archaeological Museum
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Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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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 22nd (Sat), admire the natural beauty at New Ranweli Spice Garden and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kandy using our trip planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Kandy by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Jayamali Batiks Studio ©
Jayamali Batiks Studio
Ceylon Tea Museum ©
Ceylon Tea Museum

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Monastery, pause for some photo ops at Buduruwagala, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Ravana's Cave.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip builder app.

Getting from Kandy to Ella by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can drive to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Buduruwagala
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya and then take an exotic tour of Lakpura.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Udawalawa route planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawa takes 2 hours. September in Udawalawa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Hambantota.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya, Lakpura
Highlights from your plan
Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya ©
Sri Sankapala Raja Maha Viharaya

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Hambantota

Hambantota ©
Hambantota is the main town in Hambantota District, Southern Province, Sri Lanka. To see maps, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Hambantota itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Udawalawa to Hambantota in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in September, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hambantota

Parks Nature

Side Trip

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

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Star Fort, thenkick back and relax at Matara Beach, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Polhena Beach, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Snake Farm, experience rural life at Nandana Tea Factory, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Mirissa Beach, and finally look for gifts at Dress Palace.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Mirissa day trip planning website.

Getting from Hambantota to Mirissa by car takes about 2.5 hours. September in Mirissa sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Matara, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Nandana Tea Factory
Highlights from your plan
Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dress Palace ©
Dress Palace

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night
Unawatuna

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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna day trip app.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In September, daytime highs in Unawatuna are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle Fort, Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Japanese Peace Pagoda ©
Japanese Peace Pagoda

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Colombo

Colombo
To see where to stay and other tourist information, read our Colombo day trip app.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll set off for home on the 2nd (Tue).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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