17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Kandy
— 3 nights
2
Galle
— 4 nights
3
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
6
Dambulla
— 3 nights

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3
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Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Pinnawala Handicrafts Emporium). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, make a trip to Kandy view point, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy day trip website.

Christchurch, New Zealand to Kandy is an approximately 20-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6.5 hours traveling from Christchurch to Kandy. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

4
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: Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll around Galle Face Green, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, and stroll through Jungle Beach.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Galle attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Colombo, Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Mirissa, Bentota Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park holiday maker.

You can drive from Galle to Udawalawe National Park in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. March in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 26°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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 31st (Tue), make a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ella road trip website.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes

Side Trip

Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Yala National Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip maker site.

You can drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to fly. In April in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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: Polonnaruwa (in Polonnaruwa), Euphoria Spice and Herbal (in Matale) and Pidurangala Rock (in Sigiriya). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Golden Temple of Dambulla, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at sigiri art gallery, and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Dambulla trip itinerary planning website.

Getting from Yala National Park to Dambulla by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Euphoria Spice and Herbal, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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