17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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17 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Moscow
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  16​h 45​min
1
Kandy
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 15​min
6
Colombo
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: Moscow

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy online holiday planner .

Moscow, Russia to Kandy is an approximately 17-hour combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 2 hours traveling from Moscow to Kandy due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Knuckles Forest Reserve, Bambaragala Viharaya, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
nights
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 Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, stroll through Jungle Beach, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Galle tour planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kowilawatta Temple
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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 11th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Bogoda Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and finally admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Ella attractions app .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Ella, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bogoda Wooden Bridge
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then kick back and relax at Arugam Bay, and finally stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then don't miss a visit to Muhudu Maha Viharaya, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka.

For where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Arugam Bay trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Arugam Bay are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka ©
Whisky Point, Sri Lanka

2
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.
On the 15th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Ancient City of Sigiriya. On your second day here, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs, then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally identify plant and animal life at Dhilip De Alwis.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Sigiriya trip website .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

4
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Spend the 19th (Fri) spotting exotic species with a safari tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, stop by Urban Island, make a trip to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara, and stroll around Galle Face Green.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Colombo online trip itinerary maker .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Colombo are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 31°C. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

National Zoological Gardens of Sri Lanka
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Safaris
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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