18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Beirut
Fly:  10 h 30 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Galle
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
4
Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
6
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Beirut

2
nights
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.
Colombo is known for historic sites, shopping, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, examine the collection at Colombo National Museum, ponder the world of politics at Old Parliament Building, and walk around Viharamahadevi Park.

To see where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip builder site.

Beirut, Lebanon to Colombo is an approximately 12-hour flight. Traveling from Beirut to Colombo, you'll lose 3.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Beirut in November: high temperatures in Colombo hover around 36°C and lows are around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Museums Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara ©
Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Mirissa (Dolphin & Whale Watching & Mirissa Beach) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Galle holiday maker website.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Galle takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
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 18th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. On your second day here, admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, thenstop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware, thenmake a trip to Nine Arches Bridge, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak.

Find out how to plan Ella trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Other options are to fly; or take a bus. November in Ella sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Ella

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

3
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.
Take a break from Kandy with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, about 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy online vacation maker.

Getting from Ella to Kandy by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: browse for treasures at sigiri art gallery, thenexplore the ancient world of Sigiriya, and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Sigiriya visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. On the 25th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Colombo

On the 25th (Sun), appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall. Keep things going the next day: ponder the world of politics at Parliament of Sri Lanka and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Colombo road trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Colombo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, Parliament of Sri Lanka
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

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