16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manama
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Manama

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Spas. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Galle vacation maker .

Manama, Bahrain to Galle is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Manama to Galle due to the time zone difference. In July, Galle is little chillier than Manama - with highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Freedom Project and Udawattekele Sanctuary. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and examine the collection at Raja Museum.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Kandy vacation maker app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Elephant Freedom Project
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Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Udawattekele Sanctuary ©
Udawattekele Sanctuary

4
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arugam Bay and Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil. Go for a jaunt from Arugam Bay to Ampara to see Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing about 1h 35 min away. Spend the 11th (Sat) exploring nature at Yala National Park.

To see ratings and other tourist information, go to the Arugam Bay trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Gal Oya National Park - The Crossing, Yala National Park
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Spas

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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Honey Bee Garden and Ravana's Cave. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Diyaluma Falls (in Koslanda) and Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya). The adventure continues: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, see the interesting displays at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and take in the exciting artwork at I Love Ceylon Gallery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ella trip planner .

Getting from Arugam Bay to Ella by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, Diyaluma Falls
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Diyaluma Falls ©
Diyaluma Falls
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya road trip planner.

You can drive from Ella to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Dambulla
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Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

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