17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 4 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 5 nights
Fly
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Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly

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Sigiriya — 3 nights

The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire.
Get out of town with these interesting Sigiriya side-trips: Dambulla (Balloon Rides & Golden Temple of Dambulla). Spend the 26th (Mon) exploring nature at Minneriya National Park. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Sigiriya Fortress, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya trip itinerary planner.

Berlin, Germany to Sigiriya is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Traveling from Berlin to Sigiriya, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ella.
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Ella — 4 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.
Attractions like Horton Plains National Park and Gregory Lake make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Ella to go to Nuwara Eliya and see Hakgala Botanic Gardens, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden.

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Drive from Sigiriya to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Galle.
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Galle — 5 nights

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Madu Happy Tours. Attractions like Galle Fort and Hikkaduwa Beach make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa Beach (in Mirissa). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, stop by Sooriya Weaving, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and stroll through Weligama Beach.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Ella to Galle in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to fly to Kandy.
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Kandy — 4 nights

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Elephant Freedom Project (in Kegalle) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items.

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Getting from Galle to Kandy by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. On the 8th (Sun), you're off to 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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