16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Train to Habarana, Taxi to Dambulla
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Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive
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Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 3 nights
Drive
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
7
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive
8
Colombo
— 3 nights

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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 Fortress. Here are some ideas for day two: Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

Plan my day in Dambulla using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 30 — 31:

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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 · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 31 — Nov 1:

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Kandy

Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then look for gifts at Prestige Selections - Batiks, Handicrafts and Gift Items, and then don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiri Maha Vihara pirivena, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and then play a few rounds at RB Tours Srilanka.

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

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Parks · Historic Sites · Golf

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 1 — 3:

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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 · Trails

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 3 — 6:

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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.
For more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Ella to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In November, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. You will leave for Udawalawe National Park on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Nov 6 — 7:

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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

Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 8:

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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: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Sandaruwan Handicraft & Gift Store) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). 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 · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 11:

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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 50 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 (Pvt) Ltd, 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 · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 11 — 14:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
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.