18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka journey planner

Make it your trip
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Colombo
— 1 night
Drive
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Galle
— 2 nights
Fly
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Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive
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Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive
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Dambulla
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly to Diyawanna Oya, Taxi to Colombo

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Colombo

— 1 night
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
On the 14th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Mount Lavinia Beach, then pause for some photo ops at Independence Memorial Hall, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, and finally stroll around Galle Face Green. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo tour planner.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Colombo. In May, daily temperatures in Colombo can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums

Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Sithma Gems & Jewellery, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Made In Ceylon, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Unawatuna Devol Devalaya, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see ratings and more tourist information, go to the Galle travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May in Galle, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 30°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya

— 2 nights

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): get outside with Piduruthalagala Forest Reserve and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sita Temple. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Gregory Lake, then get to know the fascinating history of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country, and then get a dose of the wild on Waterfall Tours.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya day trip site.

Getting from Galle to Nuwara Eliya by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Tours

Ella

— 2 nights
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 20th (Thu): stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, and finally learn the tricks of the trade with Honey Bee Garden. On your second day here, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and then savor a delicious cup with a coffee and tea tour.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ella visit planner.

Getting from Nuwara Eliya to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. In May in Ella, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Classes · Shopping

Arugam Bay

— 3 nights
Spend the 24th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Trincomalee

— 2 nights
A center of Tamil culture and language, Trincomalee suffered greatly during the 30-year civil war, but the troubles haven't dimmed the natural and cultural charms of the place.
On the 25th (Tue), stroll through Nilaveli Beach, visit Nilaveli Blue Diving Centre, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. On the next day, take in the waterfront at Trincomalee Harbour, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Koneswaram Temple, and then pause for some photo ops at Velgam Vehera.

Before you visit Trincomalee, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Trincomalee in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus, taxi, and train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Dambulla.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trip

Dambulla

— 2 nights
On a trip to Dambulla, visit the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in the country, declared a World Heritage Site.
On the 27th (Thu), see Off-Road Tours, take in the spiritual surroundings of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then don't miss a visit to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Sigiriya Fortress, then don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, and then stroll through Dhilip De Alwis.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Dambulla trip planner.

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Dambulla takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Dambulla

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Kandy is known for historic sites, nature, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, see the interesting displays at Kandy Brasswear Village, pause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Kandy day trip planning website.

You can drive from Dambulla to Kandy in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

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.