17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + Taxi:  15​h
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Dambulla
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2​h
6
Kandy
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14​h
End: London

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Unawatuna Devol Devalaya.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Galle tour itinerary builder tool .

London, UK to Galle is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Galle is 5 hours. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from London in December; daily highs in Galle reach 36°C and lows reach 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Mirissa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach

3
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Dambulla: Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Dambulla attractions planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Polonnaruwa, Euphoria Spice and Herbal
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

2
nights
Yala National Park

One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 2nd (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Dambulla to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors Nature Tours

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Kolapathana Falls, Mohini falls, & more). There's much more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, browse the exhibits of R. M. S Antique And Brassware, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ella trip itinerary maker tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
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.
On the 7th (Tue), stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

You can plan Uda Walawe National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Uda Walawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium & Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, and don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy attractions planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Kandy takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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