16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka attractions planner
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Kandy
— 2 nights
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Dambulla
— 3 nights
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Ella
— 3 nights
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
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Galle
— 3 nights
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Bentota
— 2 nights
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Kandy — 2 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Take a break from the city and head to Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Get a sense of the local culture at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Go for a jaunt from Kandy to Kegalle to see Algama Falls - Sri Craft about 1h 15 min away. The adventure continues: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip builder tool.

Toronto, Canada to Kandy is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to India Standard Time is 10.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Dambulla.
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Dambulla — 3 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Sigiriya Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Safaris and Off-Road Tours. Step out of Dambulla with an excursion to Hurulu Eco Park in Habarana--about 30 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour, admire the natural beauty at Popham's Arboretum, relax and rejuvenate at Heritance Kandalama Spa, and browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

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You can drive from Kandy to Dambulla in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ella.
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Ella — 3 nights

The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Take a break from the city and head to Little Adam's Peak and Ravana Ella Falls. Explore hidden gems such as Nature & Wildlife Tours and Nature Trail Ella. Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Jaye Wannakumudiyanselage top tour sri lanka (in Bandarawela) and Bomburuella Waterfall (in Nuwara Eliya). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and stop by VIBE store.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Ella trip builder site.

Getting from Dambulla to Ella by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.
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Udawalawe National Park — 1 night

One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary builder app.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Galle.
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Galle — 3 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Escape the urban bustle at Narigama Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mihiripenna Beach and Dalawella Beach. Take a break from Galle with a short trip to Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hikkaduwa, about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, stop by Cara Jewellers, steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galle itinerary planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. In January in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Bentota.
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Bentota — 2 nights

The coastal town of Bentota boasts a number of seaside attractions to draw in guests.
To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Bentota sightseeing planner.

Getting from Galle to Bentota by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 27°C. You will leave for home on the 17th (Tue).
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Sri Lanka travel guide

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India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.
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