16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Dambulla
— 1 night
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Pinnawala
— 1 night
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 3 nights
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
7
Galle
— 3 nights
8
Colombo
— 3 nights

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Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the ancient world of Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla trip itinerary maker.

Colombo to Dambulla is an approximately 2.5-hour combination of train and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and flight. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
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Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then see majestic marine mammals with See Lanka Travels.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pinnawala online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Pinnawala takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. In October, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

See Lanka Travels, Millennium Elephant Foundation
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See Lanka Travels ©
See Lanka Travels
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

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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 2nd (Mon), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then stop by Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally see Jems Tours. Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then play a few rounds at RB Tours Srilanka.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kandy visit planning app.

Getting from Pinnawala to Kandy by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Ohiya (Thotupola Kanda Nature Trail & Devil's Staircase). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella travel route builder app.

You can drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Another option is to take a train. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Ohiya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

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Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
On the 7th (Sat), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park journey maker.

Traveling by car from Ella to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. November in Yala National Park sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa) and Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Sandaruwan Handicraft & Gift Store). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, have fun at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle day trip website.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Mirissa, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Bentota to see Bentota Beach about 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, look for gifts at Vogue Jewellers, and get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip itinerary planning tool.

Drive from Galle to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Colombo sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trip

Bentota Beach
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Food Tours
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

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