8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Alexandria, Egypt
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Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 day
Fly + taxi:  11​h 45​min
2
Galle, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  1​h
3
Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Alexandria, Egypt

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Alexandria, Egypt

Alexandria ©
Known for its turbulent and eventful past, the port city of Alexandria retains a historic charm and atmosphere, boasting thousands of years of Egypt's cultural heritage.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at St. Catherine's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, and then admire the masterpieces at Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

For photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Alexandria trip maker tool .

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major airport is Borg El Arab International Airport. In January, daytime highs in Alexandria are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites Museums
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Fort Qaitbey ©
Fort Qaitbey
Bibliotheca Alexandrina ©
Bibliotheca Alexandrina
St. Catherine's Cathedral ©
St. Catherine's Cathedral

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Galle, Sri Lanka

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then stroll through Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Galle trip itinerary builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Alexandria to Galle in 12 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3 hours. Traveling from Alexandria in January, expect Galle to be much hotter, temps between 37°C and 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

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 6th (Mon): explore and take pictures at Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kandy online road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

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.
On the 7th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park trip maker app .

You can fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park

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Ella, Sri Lanka

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, and finally get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ella trip tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Ella. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden

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nights
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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 9th (Thu): make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. On your second day here, make a trip to Sigiriya.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Sigiriya takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

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

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