16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
4
Kandy
— 2 nights
5
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
6
Ella
— 2 nights
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
8
Galle
— 1 night

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Thu), view the masterpieces at Ganeshism Studio Gallery and then appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Fri): examine the collection at Colombo National Museum and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip planning site.

Lahore, Pakistan to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pakistan Standard Time to India Standard Time is 0.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lahore in February: highs in Colombo hover around °C, while lows dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Scuba & Snorkeling
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, explore the ancient world of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), thendelve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, thensee the interesting displays at Abhayagiri Museum, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Dhammachethiya Buddhist Monastery Anuradhapura.

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Traveling by car from Colombo to Anuradhapura takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. On the 10th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Mihintale ©
Mihintale
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate) ©
Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate)

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Sigiriya day trip planning site.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Balloon Rides
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum
Balloon Rides
Pethikada ©
Pethikada

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, thensee the interesting displays at Raja Museum, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. On the next day, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

2
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then get outside with Devil's Staircase. On your second day here, get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, thenstop by Mackwoods Tea Centre, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bomburuella Waterfall.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Devil's Staircase
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Bomburuella Waterfall ©
Bomburuella Waterfall
Kande-ela Reservoir ©
Kande-ela Reservoir

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then trek along Nature Trail Ella. Keep things going the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and then stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Ella day trip app.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 18th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Matara Beach, thenrelax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thenlook for gifts at Dress Palace, and finally kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Matara Paravi Duwa Temple, kick back and relax at Medawatta Beach, and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Ella to Mirissa in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. February in Mirissa sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Matara
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Medawatta Beach ©
Medawatta Beach

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Dalawella Beach. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): kick back and relax at Dalawella Beach and then kick back and relax at Mihiripenna Beach.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Galle trip builder.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In February in Galle, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Mihiripenna Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mihiripenna Beach ©
Mihiripenna Beach
Dalawella Beach ©
Dalawella Beach

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