16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: New Delhi
Fly:  7 h 15 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
4
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
5
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
6
Hikkaduwa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h
7
Bentota
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5 h
End: New Delhi

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. On your second day here, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then make a trip to Independence Square, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Anthony's Shrine.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colombo trip planner.

New Delhi, India to Colombo is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New Delhi in December: highs in Colombo hover around 36°C, while lows dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Scuba & Snorkeling
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching
St Anthony's Shrine ©
St Anthony's Shrine

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Lover's Leap Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Ramboda Waterfall, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Horton Plains National Park, and then admire the sheer force of Bambarakanda Falls.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read Nuwara Eliya trip maker .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Nuwara Eliya takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Bambarakanda Falls, Ramboda Waterfall
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Ramboda Waterfall ©
Ramboda Waterfall
Bambarakanda Falls ©
Bambarakanda Falls
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple ©
Shri Bhakta Hanuman Temple

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): learn and have fun at Honey Bee Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

To find ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ella day trip site .

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can go by car to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Spice Garden ©
Ella Spice Garden

2
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.
On the 27th (Fri), explore the striking landscape of Bundala National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple.

To see ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama road trip tool .

You can drive from Ella to Tissamaharama in 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bundala National Park, Kataragama Temple
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 28:
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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 29th (Sun), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then identify plant and animal life at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kandy using our trip planner.

Getting from Tissamaharama to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

4
nights
Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Relax by the water at Narigama Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Get in touch with nature at Nature & Wildlife Tours and Swim with Dolphins. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Hikkaduwa: Jungle Beach (in Unawatuna), Galle (Galle Fort & Dutch Reformed Church) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Tsunami Photo Museum, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Sea Turtle Farm, and don't miss a visit to Tsunami Honganji Vihara.

To find where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa road trip tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Hikkaduwa in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In December in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Bentota.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Galle, Mirissa, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Swim with Dolphins
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum

2
nights
Bentota

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kalutara Bodhiya, enjoy the sea views from Barberyn Island Lighthouse, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kande Viharaya, and finally kick back and relax at Ahungalla Beach. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bentota Beach.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Bentota trip planner .

Traveling by car from Hikkaduwa to Bentota takes an hour. January in Bentota sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Bentota

Outdoors Spas Beaches

Side Trips

Kalutara, Ahungalla Beach, Barberyn Island Lighthouse, Kande Viharaya Temple
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Kande Viharaya Temple ©
Kande Viharaya Temple

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