16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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16 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly:  15​h
1
Colombo
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
3
Beruwala
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h
4
Dambulla
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Kandy
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Berlin

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Colombo National Museum and Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple. National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka and St Lucia's Cathedral will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo, about 52 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: stop by Stone 'N' String, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

For ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Colombo tour itinerary app .

Berlin, Germany to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Berlin to Colombo is 4 hours. In December in Colombo, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 27°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Stone 'N' String ©
Stone 'N' String
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Escape the urban bustle at Mirissa Beach and Unawatuna Beach. Relax by the water at Jungle Beach and Hikkaduwa Beach. Step out of Galle to go to Mirissa and see Dolphin & Whale Watching, which is approximately 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stop by Exotic Roots.

For reviews and more tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Beruwala.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Jungle Beach
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Beruwala

Beruwala ©
Beruwala is a town in Kalutara District, Western Province, Sri Lanka, governed by an Urban Council. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Mon): look for gifts at Western Leather, kick back and relax at Bentota Beach, and then look for gifts at Dara Gems & Jewellery.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Beruwala online itinerary builder .

Getting from Galle to Beruwala by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train. December in Beruwala sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can travel to Dambulla.

Things to do in Beruwala

Shopping Classes Parks

Side Trips

Leather.lk, Bentota Beach
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Dara Gems & Jewellery ©
Dara Gems & Jewellery
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Leather.lk ©
Leather.lk

1
night
Dambulla

Dambulla ©
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 1st (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Golden Cave Temple, stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, and then Head underground at The Golden Temple. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock and then make a trip to Sigiriya World Heritage Site.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Dambulla driving holiday site .

Getting from Beruwala to Dambulla by combination of taxi and flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Karu Arts & Crafts
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then make a trip to Royal Palace of Kandy. On the 4th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, then look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally stop by Kandy City Center.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Kandy tour planning site .

Traveling by car from Dambulla to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. You will leave for home on the 5th (Sat).

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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