18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Foot + Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  2​h 15​min
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
Train:  6​h 30​min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Bus:  5​h 15​min
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Train:  30​min
7
Unawatuna
— 1 night
Drive:  30​min
8
Galle
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
9
Hikkaduwa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
10
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly + Foot:  14​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colombo road trip app .

Birmingham, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Birmingham to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Birmingham in February; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 27°C. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, then browse the exhibits of Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya travel itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, then stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and finally don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Kandy day trip site .

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

3
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 27th (Thu): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, don't miss a visit to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ella trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Ella takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
Yala National Park

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 1st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Yala National Park travel route builder .

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. In February in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 26°C at night. You will leave for Mirissa on the 2nd (Mon).

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
Highlights from your plan
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

2
nights
Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. Keep things going the next day: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

For photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mirissa trip itinerary site .

You can take a bus from Yala National Park to Mirissa in 5.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

1
night
Unawatuna

Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna trip planner .

Unawatuna is very close to Mirissa. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the 5th (Thu), stroll through Sea Turtle Farm.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle driving holiday planner .

Galle is very close to Unawatuna. March in Galle sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Fri) before leaving for Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Parks Wildlife Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Sea Turtle Farm ©
Sea Turtle Farm
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers

1
night
Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa itinerary maker .

You can drive from Galle to Hikkaduwa in an hour. March in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Bentota
Highlights from your plan
Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

few
hours
Colombo

Colombo
To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colombo tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Colombo in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. On the 7th (Sat), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

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