18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + Taxi:  15​h
1
Galle
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Trincomalee
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Anuradhapura
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  3​h
6
Tissamaharama
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Udawalawe National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  25​h
End: Sydney

2
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatagala Raja Maha Viharaya, then steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex and then paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Galle trip tool .

Sydney, Australia to Galle is an approximately 15-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. Traveling from Sydney to Galle, you'll gain 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In July, Galle is much warmer than Sydney - with highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dutch Reformed Church ©
Dutch Reformed Church
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy War Cemetery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Asgiriya Maha Viharaya, then examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

Make your Kandy itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Trincomalee.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Royal Botanical Gardens
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

2
nights
Trincomalee

Trincomalee ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Nilaveli Beach, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mamangam Temple, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): explore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Trincomalee attractions planner.

You can drive from Kandy to Trincomalee in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or take a train. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Habarana.

Things to do in Trincomalee

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Nilaveli
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery

2
nights
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 24th (Fri): indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

For ratings and more tourist information, go to the Habarana online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Trincomalee to Habarana takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Sigiriya, Lankathilaka Image House
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, make a trip to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba, and then make a trip to Mihintale. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: snap pictures at Gal Palama (Stone Bridge) over Malwathu Oya, delve into the mystery of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Thanthirimale Rajamaha Viharaya, and finally delve into the distant past at Moonstone or Sandakada pahana.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Anuradhapura trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Habarana to Anuradhapura in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba ©
Jethawanaramaya Dagoba
Mihintale ©
Mihintale

4
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Step off the beaten path and head to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara and Bundala birds paradise. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Sithulpawwa Rock Temple and Sella Kataragama Temple. Change things up with a short trip to Kiri Vehera in Kataragama (about 32 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Yatala Wehera, and make a trip to Kirinda Viharaya.

Plan trip to Tissamaharama with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Kataragama, Kirinda Viharaya
Highlights from your plan
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple ©
Sithulpawwa Rock Temple

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Safaris and Mahapelessa Hot Springs. Venture out of the city with trips to Udawalawa Elephant Orphanage (in Udawalawa) and Sampath Gems (in Ratnapura). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Udawalawe National Park.

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Traveling by car from Tissamaharama to Udawalawe National Park takes 2 hours. July in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. On the 2nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Udawalawa, Mahapelessa Hot Springs, Sampath Gems
Highlights from your plan
Udawalawe National Park ©
Udawalawe National Park
Sampath Gems ©
Sampath Gems

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