17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Bucharest
Fly + Drive:  19​h
1
Wilpattu National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rekawa
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Galle
— 1 day
Train:  2​h
9
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Bucharest

2
nights
Wilpattu National Park

Wilpattu National Park
To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Wilpattu National Park travel route planner.

Bucharest, Romania to Wilpattu National Park is an approximately 20-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Wilpattu National Park

Outdoors Tours

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pidurangala Rock. On the 1st (Sat), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple and then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock. On the 2nd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Wilpattu National Park to Dambulla takes 3 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

1
night
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Kandy view point, Kandy Lake, Royal Botanical Gardens, and other attractions. On the 3rd (Mon), make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Horton Plains National Park as well as Pedro Tea Factory . On the 4th (Tue), make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory and then stroll through Horton Plains National Park.

To see maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Pedro Tea Factory	©
Pedro Tea Factory

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Ella Spice Garden, Ravana Ella Falls, Nine Arch Bridge, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, make a trip to Nine Arch Bridge, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): take in the awesome beauty at Adam's Peak (Sri pada) and then admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls.

For maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ella holiday builder.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can go by car to Rekawa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature

Side Trips

Adam's Peak (Sri pada), Bambarakanda Falls
Highlights from your plan
Adam's Peak (Sri pada) ©
Adam's Peak (Sri pada)
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Tangalle Lagoon, Medilla Beach and Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch. Change things up with these side-trips from Rekawa: Blow Hole Hummanaya (in Dikwella) and Mahapelessa Hot Springs (in Hambantota). The adventure continues: visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, tour the pleasant surroundings at Amanwella Silent Beach, and kick back and relax at Medaketiya Activity Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rekawa road trip app .

You can drive from Ella to Rekawa in 3 hours. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Blow Hole Hummanaya, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Medilla Beach ©
Medilla Beach
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Scuba & Snorkeling as well as Mirissa Beach. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 11th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Weligama Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip site .

Drive from Rekawa to Mirissa in 2 hours. In February, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trip

Weligama Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Spas & Wellness

1
day
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 Hikkaduwa Beach as well as Galle Fort. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

To plan Galle vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Mirissa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In February, daytime highs in Galle are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Hikkaduwa Beach
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach

1
night
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Galle Face Green, Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara and Pettah.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

Take a train from Galle to Colombo in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In February, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Pettah ©
Pettah
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

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