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
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  3​h
2
Tissamaharama
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Ella
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  2​h 45​min
4
Hikkaduwa
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Mirissa
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 15​min
6
Kandy
— 4 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Sigiriya and Isurumuniya Temple. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ruwanwelisaya and Dambulla Cave Temple. Step out of Anuradhapura to go to Dambulla and see Golden Temple of Dambulla, which is approximately 1h 40 min away. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, take an unorthodox tour of Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate), and don't miss a visit to Jethawanaramaya Dagoba.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Anuradhapura vacation planner .

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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave Temple, Golden Temple of Dambulla
Highlights from your plan
Ruwanwelisaya ©
Ruwanwelisaya
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla

2
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.
On the 21st (Fri), stroll around Agro Technology Park and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Bundala National Park. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Anuradhapura to Tissamaharama in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. February in Tissamaharama sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Kataragama, Agro Technology Park, Bundala National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Safaris
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

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.
On the 23rd (Sun), get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, and finally pick up some new kitchen skills with Honey Bee Garden. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

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Getting from Tissamaharama to Ella by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Spas
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Ravana Ella Falls ©
Ravana Ella Falls

3
nights
Hikkaduwa

One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
Get in touch with nature at Scuba & Snorkeling and Jungle Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ahungalla Beach and Tsunami Photo Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Galle (Galle Fort & Cara Jewellers). Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, stroll through Hikkaduwa Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Saffron Robes Gallery and Studio.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Hikkaduwa tour itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Hikkaduwa takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 27°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Outdoors Beaches Tours

Side Trips

Galle, Ahungalla Beach, Tsunami Photo Museum, Jungle Beach
Highlights from your plan
Scuba & Snorkeling
Tsunami Photo Museum ©
Tsunami Photo Museum
Ahungalla Beach ©
Ahungalla Beach

2
nights
Mirissa

The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then see the interesting displays at Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Matara Beach. On the 29th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Art Batiks, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mirissa online trip builder .

You can drive from Hikkaduwa to Mirissa in 1.5 hours. In February, daytime highs in Mirissa are 37°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Matara, Martin Wickramasinghe Folk Museum Complex
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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.
Visiting Royal Botanical Gardens and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Kandy Garrison Cemetery. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at World Buddhist Museum, stop by Jayamali Batiks Studio, browse for treasures at Sriya & Daya Curio Shop, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Kandy online travel route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mirissa to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. On the 4th (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, 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 ©

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