18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Fly to Colombo, Taxi to Sigiriya
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Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive
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Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kekirawa
— 1 day
Drive
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Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Taxi to Kandy, Fly to Hambantota
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Udawalawe National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 2 nights
Fly

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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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Dambulla Cave Temple as well as Wasgamuwa National Park. On the 18th (Thu), take in the spiritual surroundings of Dambulla Cave Temple, explore the striking landscape of Wasgamuwa National Park, and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum, and finally explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip builder app.

Melbourne, Australia to Sigiriya is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Sigiriya. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
On the 20th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Medirigiriya Vatadage, delve into the distant past at King’s Council Chamber, contemplate the long history of Sathmahal Prasada, then pause for some photo ops at Polonnaruwa Vatadage, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Hatadage, and finally explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1). On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, then contemplate the long history of Nishshanka Latha Mandapaya, then steep yourself in history at Thivanka Image House, and finally don't miss a visit to Somawathiya Stupa.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip builder.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kekirawa.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites

1
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Kekirawa

You've now added Avukana Buddha Statue to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): contemplate the waterfront views at Kala Wewa Reservoir and then appreciate the history behind Avukana Buddha Statue.

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You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Kekirawa in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Kekirawa

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

2
nights
Anuradhapura

Explore the well-preserved ruins of an ancient Sri Lankan civilization and its former capital at Anuradhapura, a World Heritage Site and erstwhile center of Theravada Buddhism set amidst peaceful green parks.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Ritigala Forest Monastery. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, contemplate the waterfront views at Kalu Diya Pokuna Natural Black Water Pond, and then steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery. On the 24th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Ranmasu Uyana, don't miss a visit to Isurumuniya Temple, admire the striking features of Ruwanwelisaya, explore the ancient world of Moonstone or Sandakada pahana, then don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, and finally make a trip to Lankarama Sthupa.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Anuradhapura sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by car from Kekirawa to Anuradhapura takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Kandy.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

2
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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 (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and finally explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Lord Kataragama Temple, see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, and then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Kandy travel planner.

Traveling by car from Anuradhapura to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

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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.
Lakpura has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): make a trip to Maduwanwela Walawwa and then take an exotic tour of Lakpura. On the next day, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Madunagala Hermitage and then identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Udawalawe National Park route planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Kandy to Udawalawe National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Rekawa.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Rekawa

A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Rekawa online trip builder.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Rekawa in 2.5 hours. July in Rekawa sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Galle.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

2
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Sinharaja Forest Reserve has been added to your itinerary. On the 31st (Wed), pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church and then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Galle online trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Rekawa to Galle in 2 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

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.