16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka visit planner

Make it your trip
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Kandy
— 3 nights
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
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Nilaveli
— 2 nights
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
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Unawatuna
— 3 nights
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Bentota
— 2 nights
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Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get some cultural insight at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. Step out of the city life by going to Kandy Lake and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to See Lanka Travels in Waikkal, about 3 hours away. There's lots more to do: explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, make a trip to Ranawana Purana Rajamaha Viharaya, and soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy travel route planning site.

Belgrade, Serbia to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour flight. Traveling from Belgrade to Kandy, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 3 nights
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 in touch with nature at Golden Temple of Dambulla and Passikudah Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sigiriya Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple. Change things up with these side-trips from Sigiriya: Dalada Maluwa (in Polonnaruwa) and Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs (in Dambulla). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip site.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Nilaveli

— 2 nights
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Pigeon Island National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs, then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nilaveli travel planner.

Getting from Sigiriya to Nilaveli by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Arugam Bay

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon, stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then explore the activities along Arugam Bay, and finally relax and rejuvenate at Deergayu Acupressure Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay tour planner.

Drive from Nilaveli to Arugam Bay in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. In August in Arugam Bay, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

Unawatuna

— 3 nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Relax by the water at Mirissa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Dress Palace (in Mirissa) and Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Unawatuna visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Unawatuna takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bentota

— 2 nights
The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Beruwala Beach, and then kick back and relax at Bentota Beach.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Bentota visit planner.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Bentota takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In September in Bentota, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Parks · Outdoors · 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.