18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Kandy
— 4 nights
2
Habarana
— 2 nights
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 4 nights
4
Ella
— 2 nights
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
6
Galle
— 3 nights

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Royal Palace of Kandy. Kandy Lake and Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 20 min away). And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens, take in the awesome beauty at Alagalla Mountain Range, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Kandy day trip app.

Colombo to Kandy is an approximately 1.5-hour combination of taxi and train. You can also take a train; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

2
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya and then Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Keep things going the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Habarana visit site.

Getting from Kandy to Habarana by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Habarana

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya
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Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

4
nights
Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
Escape the urban bustle at Horton Plains National Park and Kirigalpotta. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Gregory Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at St Clair's Falls, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Galway's Land National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya trip planner.

Drive from Habarana to Nuwara Eliya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Kirigalpotta
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Kirigalpotta ©
Kirigalpotta
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock and then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Sun): take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and then admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary tool.

Traveling by car from Nuwara Eliya to Ella takes 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then take an exotic tour of Lakpura.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip builder tool.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In September in Udawalawe National Park, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
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Lakpura ©
Lakpura
Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get some historical perspective at Galle Fort and Dutch Reformed Church. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Mirissa Beach. Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, stop by Stick No Bills Poster Gallery, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery.

To see reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Galle trip builder tool.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Galle in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can go by car back home.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Mirissa, Jungle Beach, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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