18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly + Taxi:  15​h 45​min
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2​h
2
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
Taxi + Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: Manchester

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa (Hikkaduwa Beach & Community Tsunami Museum), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Unawatuna online holiday planner .

Manchester, UK to Unawatuna is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of train, flight, and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Unawatuna is 5 hours. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Manchester in March, with highs in Unawatuna at 38°C and lows at 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa, Galle Fort, Bentota Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 18th (Wed), explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Udawalawe National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Nuwara Eliya (Kolapathana Falls, Mohini falls, & more). The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, explore the world behind art at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Udawalawe National Park to Ella takes 2.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

2
nights
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 22nd (Sun), take in the spiritual surroundings of Kiri Vehera and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Ella to Yala National Park with the Route module. In March, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa) and Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla). It doesn't end there: make a trip to Sigiriya and explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya vacation maker tool .

Fly from Yala National Park to Sigiriya in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

4
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Pinnawala (Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage & Mahamevnawa Amadahara Buddhist Monastery Pinnawala) and Aakarsha Gem House (in Matale). There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, browse the collection at Buddhist Publication Society, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Kandy trip planner .

Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Royal Botanical Gardens, Aakarsha Gem House
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

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