17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Dambulla
— 2 nights
2
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
3
Ella
— 3 nights
4
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
5
Kandy
— 3 nights

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Golden Temple of Dambulla and Minneriya National Park. Your inner history buff will appreciate Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa. There's more to do: don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

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

Valletta, Malta to Dambulla is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Valletta to Dambulla, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Dambulla

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa

3
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Escape the urban bustle at Udawalawe National Park and Safaris. Spend the 3rd (Thu) exploring nature at Bundala National Park. There's more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Tissa Wewa and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Tissamaharama trip itinerary builder app.

You can fly from Dambulla to Tissamaharama in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. December in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of °C and lows of °C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Udawalawe National Park, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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.
Get in touch with nature at Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Single Tree Hill, Hakgala Botanic Gardens, &more) and Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale (in Haputale). Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

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You can drive from Tissamaharama to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Prabhawa Mountain Day View Point Haputale
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Get outdoors at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Bentota Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Jungle Beach and Mirissa Beach. Change things up with a short trip to Hikkaduwa Beach in Hikkaduwa (about 40 minutes away). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and stroll through Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery - Habaraduwa.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip website.

Getting from Ella to Unawatuna by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °C in January, and nighttime lows around °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Udawattekele Sanctuary. Get outdoors at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, make a trip to Kandy view point, and step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To see maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planner.

Fly from Unawatuna to Kandy in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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