16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  15 h
1
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h
2
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 15 min
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Train:  7 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
6
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  16 h 30 min
End: Sydney

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): stop by Cara Jewellers, kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Mihiripenna Beach, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, and then contemplate the long history of Meera Mosque.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Galle itinerary website .

Sydney, Australia to Galle is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney to Galle, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Sydney in February, with highs in Galle at 37°C and lows at 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Mihiripenna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach

3
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Medawatta Beach. Your inner history buff will appreciate Tangalle Lighthouse and Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. When in Mirissa, make a side trip to see Matara Beach in Matara, approximately 30 minutes away. The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Secret Beach, look for gifts at Dress Palace, stroll through Amanwella Silent Beach, and browse the exhibits of Indika Art Gallery.

To find where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mirissa road trip planner .

You can drive from Galle to Mirissa in an hour. Another option is to take a train. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Mirissa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Matara
Highlights from your plan
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach
Matara Beach ©
Matara Beach
Amanwella Silent Beach ©
Amanwella Silent Beach

2
nights
Udawalawe National Park

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 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe Trails.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip builder website .

Drive from Mirissa to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. In February in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Udawalawe Trails
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe Trails ©
Udawalawe Trails

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the awesome beauty at Knuckles Mountain Range.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Kandy trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Udawalawe National Park to Kandy in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Knuckles Mountain Range
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
World Buddhist Museum ©
World Buddhist Museum

2
nights
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 16th (Sun): steep yourself in history at kaludiya Pokuna and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Hurulu Eco Park, then pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and finally browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya road trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Habarana
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Hurulu Eco Park ©
Hurulu Eco Park
kaludiya Pokuna ©
kaludiya Pokuna

2
nights
Dambulla

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 18th (Tue), stroll through Dhilip De Alwis, then explore the ancient world of Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Ederagala Wana Senasuna. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Arankelle Ancient Monastery, then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, and then stroll through Fernando Adventure Safaries.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip itinerary planner.

Dambulla is just a stone's throw from Sigiriya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Habarana, Arankelle Ancient Monastery
Highlights from your plan
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya ©
Rangiri Dambullu Maha Viharaya
Ederagala Wana Senasuna ©
Ederagala Wana Senasuna
Dhilip De Alwis ©
Dhilip De Alwis

2
nights
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ranmasu Uyana and Eth Pokuna. Discover out-of-the-way places like Moonstone or Sandakada pahana and Isinbassagala. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, don't miss a visit to Lankarama Sthupa, and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

To find where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Anuradhapura online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Dambulla to Anuradhapura by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana ©
Moonstone or Sandakada pahana

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