16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Colombo
Drive:  2​h 15​min
1
Hikkaduwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Udawalawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Ella
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
7
Dickoya
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
9
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
10
Negombo
— 1 day
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  45​min
End: Colombo


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2
nights
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 8th (Sun), kick back and relax at Narigama Beach, kick back and relax at Hikkaduwa Beach, stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then explore the galleries of Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Naga Viharaya.

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Colombo to Hikkaduwa is an approximately 2.5-hour car ride. You can also take a train; or take a bus. In December in Hikkaduwa, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Narigama Beach ©
Narigama Beach

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 9th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then stop by LAZY.RIDE, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. On the 10th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then admire nature's wide array of creatures at Snake Farm.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa day trip planning site .

Drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Matara
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Scuba & Snorkeling

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) and Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary. Popular historic sites such as Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Tangalle Lighthouse are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Dikwella (Wewurukannala Vihara & Blow Hole Hummanaya). The adventure continues: admire the natural beauty at Ashram Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka itinerary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch, explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, and enjoy the sand and surf at Kahandamodara Beach.

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You can drive from Mirissa to Rekawa in 2 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Rekawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Udawalawa.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tangalle, Dikwella, Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, Kahandamodara Beach
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Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary ©
Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary

2
nights
Udawalawa

Udawalawa ©
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail has been added to your itinerary. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Uda Walawe National Park and then explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawa tour app .

Traveling by car from Rekawa to Udawalawa takes 1.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawa can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawa

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trip

Udawalawe National Park
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Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Udawalawe Nationalpark Elefant Trail ©
Safaris

1
night
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.
For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Yala National Park travel planning website .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Udawalawa to Yala National Park. In December in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for Ella on the 16th (Mon).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ella visit planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Yala National Park to Ella. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Dickoya.

Things to do in Ella

Nature Parks Shopping
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

1
night
Dickoya

Dickoya ©
Dickoya is a town in Nuwara Eliya District in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Dickoya trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Dickoya takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Dickoya

Historic Sites
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Warleigh Church ©
Warleigh Church

2
nights
Kandy

Kandy ©
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Kandy trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Drive from Dickoya to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

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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nights
Sigiriya

Sigiriya ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, make a trip to Sigiriya, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally browse the exhibits of Pethikada.

To see other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sigiriya online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Habarana, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Safaris

1
day
Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then stroll through Negombo Beach, and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Sigiriya to Negombo by flight takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Negombo can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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