16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Galle
— 4 nights
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Dambulla
— 2 nights
6
Pinnawala
— 1 night
7
Kandy
— 3 nights

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nandana Tea Factory (in Akuressa), Bentota (Sky Club & Bentota Beach) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, &more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary planning website.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Galle is an approximately 18.5-hour flight. Traveling from Amsterdam to Galle, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Galle is warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 29:
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Wed): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Galle to Udawalawe National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

2
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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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Thu): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 1st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Yala National Park day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — Jan 1:
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Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Off-Road Tours

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, and finally indulge your taste buds at Honey Bee Garden. On your second day here, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ella travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Dambulla.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 1 — 3:
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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 4th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Sath Paththini Devalaya, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple.

To find photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Dambulla road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Ella to Dambulla takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can drive to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
On the 6th (Wed), tour the pleasant surroundings at Millennium Elephant Foundation, stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, and then see majestic marine mammals with See Lanka Travels.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pinnawala tour builder app.

You can drive from Dambulla to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in January, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:
Highlights from your plan
See Lanka Travels ©
See Lanka Travels
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Millennium Elephant Foundation ©
Millennium Elephant Foundation

3
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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 7th (Thu), make a trip to Galmaduwa temple kandy, take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and then admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Kandy driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Spas

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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