17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Colombo
Drive:  1 h 45 min
1
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 45 min
3
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
4
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly:  2 h 15 min
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
6
Colombo
— 3 nights
End: Colombo

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.
Nuwara Eliya is known for nature, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at Kande-ela Reservoir, admire the sheer force of Devon Falls, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Trinity Church.

To find ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya day trip site.

Colombo to Nuwara Eliya is an approximately 5.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens

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.
On the 1st (Sat), make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory, thenexplore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Ravana's Cave. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, thentake in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ella attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. August in Ella sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Sigiriya, thenview the masterpieces at Pethikada, thenlook for gifts at Lanka Silks, and finally Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Habarana trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Habarana takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Sembuwaththa Lake (in Matale). There's much more to do: make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, examine the collection at Highway Museum Nanuoya, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Sembuwaththa Lake
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galle trip builder site.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Colombo: Negombo (Negombo Beach & St. Sebastian’s Church). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Christ The Living Saviour, stroll around Viharamahadevi Park, and don't miss a visit to Independence Square.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo
Highlights from your plan
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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