16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  10​h
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
2
Mirissa
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Ella
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: London


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2
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): make a trip to Independence Square, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): walk around Viharamahadevi Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, then get engrossed in the history at Colombo National Museum, and finally walk around Galle Face Green.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip itinerary planning website .

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from London in December, with highs in Colombo at 36°C and lows at 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mirissa.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Negombo
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

4
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get out of town with these interesting Mirissa side-trips: Weherahena Buddhist Temple (in Matara) and Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach, stroll through Snake Farm, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and don't miss a visit to The Shrine of Our Lady of Matara.

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

Traveling by car from Colombo to Mirissa takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 1st (Wed) before leaving for Rekawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
On the 1st (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Amanwella Silent Beach and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa). On your second day here, don't miss a visit to Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, then visit a coastal fixture at Tangalle Lighthouse, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Tangalle Lagoon.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Rekawa vacation builder tool .

Drive from Mirissa to Rekawa in 2 hours. In January in Rekawa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time for travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tangalle, Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching, Kahandamodara Beach
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Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching ©
Kalametiya Eco Bird Watching
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Yala National Park trip planning tool .

Explore your travel options from Rekawa to Yala National Park with the Route module. In January in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sun) before leaving for Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Kataragama, Yala National Park
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

3
nights
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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Horton Plains National Park (in Nuwara Eliya) and Dhowa Rock Temple (in Bandarawela). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry, and don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ella tour itinerary site .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trips

Horton Plains National Park, Dhowa Rock Temple
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 8:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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