17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 3 nights
2
Galle
— 3 nights
3
Ella
— 2 nights
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 3 nights
5
Habarana
— 2 nights
6
Kandy
— 2 nights

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.
Get out of town with these interesting Colombo side-trips: Negombo (Negombo Beach & St. Sebastian’s Church). There's lots more to do: walk around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, pause for some serene contemplation at Borella All Saints Church, and kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach.

To see maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colombo trip planning website.

Melbourne, Australia to Colombo is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Melbourne in September, things will get much hotter in Colombo: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo
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Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project (in Kosgoda), Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and stroll through Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galle online route planner.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Galle sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Jungle Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery, Bentota Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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 21st (Fri): make a trip to Kinellan Tea Factory, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls. On the 22nd (Sat), 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, thenlook for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Ella trip planning tool.

You can drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
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, admire the sheer force of St Clair's Falls, explore the activities along Gregory Lake, and take in nature's colorful creations at Hakgala Botanic Gardens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ella to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Hakgala Botanic Gardens ©
Hakgala Botanic Gardens
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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 26th (Wed), explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, look for gifts at Lanka Silks, thenget engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Habarana travel route planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Habarana by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Archaeological Museum
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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.
On the 28th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Royal Botanical Gardens, thenexplore the activities along Kandy Lake, thenexplore the historical opulence of Royal Palace of Kandy, and finally make a trip to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, thenmake a trip to Degaldoruwa Temple, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Kandy vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Habarana to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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