18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: St. Petersburg
Fly + taxi:  19​h
1
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Galle
— 6 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h
4
Kandy
— 5 nights
taxi + Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: St. Petersburg

3
nights
Anuradhapura

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.
Get some historical perspective at Sigiriya and Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get a sense of the local culture at Ruwanwelisaya and Jethawanaramaya Dagoba. Go for a jaunt from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya to see Pethikada about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Isurumuniya Temple, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and take in the views from Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya.

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St. Petersburg, Russia to Anuradhapura is an approximately 19-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from St. Petersburg to Anuradhapura, you'll lose 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ella.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

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 21st (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and finally learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls and then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Ella in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

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

6
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Ahungalla Beach and Bentota Beach. Popular historic sites such as Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara and Unawatuna Devol Devalaya are in your itinerary. Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Tsunami Photo Museum (in Telwatta), Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum, Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio, & more) and Sea Turtle Hatchery (in Ambalangoda). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, enjoy the sea views from Tangalle Lighthouse, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sea Turtle Farm and Hatchery.

To find ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Galle trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in February, and nighttime lows around 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, Tangalle, Tsunami Photo Museum, Bentota Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara ©
Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara

5
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.
Get in touch with nature at Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Get some historical perspective at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Matale (Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Euphoria Spice and Herbal). There's still lots to do: stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, look for gifts at Jayamali Batiks Studio, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Kandy day trip planning website .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You will leave for home on the 4th (Wed).

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Matale, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Kandy Garrison Cemetery ©
Kandy Garrison Cemetery
Kandy War Cemetery ©
Kandy War Cemetery
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic

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