16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly
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Bentota
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kalametiya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nilaveli
— 1 night
Drive
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 4 nights
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3
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Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Visiting Bentota Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach will get you outdoors. We've included these beaches for you: Jungle Beach and Mihiripenna Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Bentota side-trips: Galle Fort (in Galle) and Rail Tours (in Hikkaduwa). The adventure continues: stroll through Sea Turtle Protection Association.

To find traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Bentota trip itinerary app.

Belgrade, Serbia to Bentota is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a 4.5 hour difference. Traveling from Belgrade in August, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Bentota, with lows around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kalametiya.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

3
nights
Kalametiya

Get outdoors at Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching and Kalametiya Beach. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Indika Art Gallery and Tangalle Lighthouse.

For photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kalametiya day trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Bentota to Kalametiya takes 3 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Kalametiya can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kalametiya

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

2
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Arugam Bay

On the 28th (Sat), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On the 29th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at Deergayu Acupressure Center, contemplate the waterfront views at Arugam Bay, then stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Pottuvil Lagoon.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay trip planner.

Getting from Kalametiya to Arugam Bay by car takes about 4 hours. August in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Shopping

1
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Nilaveli

The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at Kanniya Hot Springs, then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Nilaveli Beach.

To see reviews and more tourist information, read our Nilaveli route planner.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Nilaveli in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

2
nights
Dambulla

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): see Off-Road Tours and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the next day, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, and then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Nilaveli to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

4
nights
Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Elephant Freedom Project will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items. Change things up with a short trip to See Lanka Travels in Waikkal (about 3 hours away). There's more to do: make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Kandy online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Sri Lanka travel guide

4.1
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.