16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka sightseeing planner
Make it your trip
Fly
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Kandy
— 1 night
Drive
2
Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Fly to Koggala, Taxi to Unawatuna
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Unawatuna
— 4 nights
Drive
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Colombo
— 1 night
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Kandy — 1 night

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

Before you visit Kandy, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

New Delhi, India to Kandy is an approximately 7-hour flight. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Dambulla.
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Side Trip

Dambulla — 2 nights

On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: explore the galleries of Pethikada, then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Dambulla takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Arugam Bay.
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Arugam Bay — 4 nights

Kids will appreciate attractions like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Kudumbigala Monastery.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Arugam Bay takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.
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Ella — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ella online route builder.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Ella takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car 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 18th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Unawatuna.
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Unawatuna — 4 nights

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.
Attractions like Galle Fort and Sithma Gems & Jewellery make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Ahungalla Beach (in Ahungalla) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach, revel in the low prices at Sooriya Weaving, and don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Unawatuna trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Udawalawe National Park to Unawatuna takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Colombo.
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Colombo — 1 night

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 23rd (Fri), walk around Galle Face Green, take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Colombo trip planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daytime highs in Colombo are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.
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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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