8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

8 days in Alexandria & Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Alexandria, Egypt
— 1 day
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Galle, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly
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Kandy, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Fly
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Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella, Sri Lanka
— 1 night
Drive
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
— 2 nights
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Alexandria, Egypt

— 1 day

Mediterranean's Bride

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): admire the striking features of St. Catherine's Cathedral, then contemplate the long history of Fort Qaitbey, and then admire the striking features of Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

For other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Alexandria travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Egypt, the closest major aiport is Borg El Arab International Airport. In January in Alexandria, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can fly to Galle.

Things to do in Alexandria

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 4:

Galle, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
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): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, and then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip website.

Getting from Alexandria to Galle by flight takes about 13.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time (EET) to India Standard Time (IST) is 3.5 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from Alexandria in January: high temperatures in Galle hover around 37°C and lows are around 27°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Kandy, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
On the 6th (Mon), make a trip to Royal Botanical Gardens, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kandy online trip builder.

You can fly from Galle to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

Yala National Park, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
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.
To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park route builder app.

Traveling by flight from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In January, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will leave for Ella on the 7th (Tue).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 6 — 7:

Ella, Sri Lanka

— 1 night
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 8th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and finally stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ella travel planning tool.

Getting from Yala National Park to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 7 — 8:

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

— 2 nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya Fortress.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary maker site.

Getting from Ella to Sigiriya by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

Sri Lanka travel guide

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Beaches · Nature & Parks
India's Teardrop
Shaped like a teardrop and located just below the southern tip of India, lush Sri Lanka boasts some of the greatest biodiversity in the world. Unless you time your Sri Lanka holiday for monsoon season, you can expect bright blue skies and plenty of sunshine, perfect for exploring tropical forests, historic temples, colonial forts, and many other buildings dating back to Dutch rule. Popular things to do in Sri Lanka include swimming, sailing, and surfing, though a growing number of visitors come here just to eat their way around the country. Greatly influenced by nearby India, the national cuisine also features many elements of European cooking--a result of the Dutch and Portuguese colonial years. Of course, a trip to Sri Lanka would not be complete without a cup of its world-famous Ceylon tea.