18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly
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Colombo
— 2 nights
Drive
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Kandy
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 day
Drive
6
Netolpitiya
— 3 nights
Drive
7
Mirissa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colombo
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Colombo

— 2 nights
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Jami Ul-Alfar Mosque, Viharamahadevi Park, Dutch Museum, and other attractions.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo road trip planning app.

Zagreb, Croatia to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to India Standard Time is 4.5 hours. While traveling from Zagreb, expect somewhat warmer days and much hotter nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of 36°C to lows of 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Kandy

— 3 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Udawattekele Sanctuary, Selyn, Royal Botanical Gardens, and other attractions. On the 15th (Fri), explore the activities along Kandy Lake, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, and then stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary. On the 16th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Ceylon Tea Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Royal Botanical Gardens, look for gifts at Selyn, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, and finally step into the grandiose world of Royal Palace of Kandy.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Colombo to Kandy takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Shopping

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya

— 1 night

Little England

Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
You've now added Lover's Leap Falls to your itinerary. On the 17th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Lover's Leap Falls and then explore the activities along Gregory Lake.

Plan my day in Nuwara Eliya using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya takes 2.5 hours. On the 18th (Mon), you'll travel to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature · Parks
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Ella

— 2 nights
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Nine Arches Bridge has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, then explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and finally admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls.

To find out how to plan a trip to Ella, use our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can go by car to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 day
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Udawalawe National Park has been added to your itinerary. On the 20th (Wed), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. September in Udawalawe National Park sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can travel to Netolpitiya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Nature · Wildlife · Parks
Highlights from your trip

Netolpitiya

— 3 nights
Most people take a trip to Netolpitiya to enjoy a classic beach holiday.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wewurukannala Vihara as well as Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Wewurukannala Vihara, then stroll through Kalamatiya Bird Sanctuary, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Medilla Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Madunagala Hermitage, then enjoy the sand and surf at Medaketiya Activity Beach, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Turtle Conservation Project Turtle Watch.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Netolpitiya trip planner.

You can drive from Udawalawe National Park to Netolpitiya in 2 hours. September in Netolpitiya sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 28°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Netolpitiya

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa

— 2 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
You've now added Raja & the Whales to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), kick back and relax at Mirissa Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then deepen your appreciation for local ecosystems through Raja & the Whales.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Mirissa trip planner.

Traveling by car from Netolpitiya to Mirissa takes 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Mirissa are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Beaches

Galle

— 2 nights
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
On the next day, contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, see the interesting displays at Community Tsunami Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church, and finally kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Galle trip builder app.

Getting from Mirissa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In September in Galle, expect temperatures between 36°C during the day and 30°C at night. On the 27th (Wed), you're off to Colombo.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colombo

You've now added Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): look for gifts at Paradise Road and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Colombo online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Galle to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Shopping · Historic Sites

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.