18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 4 nights
2
Galle
— 5 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
4
Kandy
— 3 nights

4
nights
Colombo

Colombo ©
The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple and St. Mary's Church will appeal to history buffs. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Negombo Beach and Kalutara Beach. Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to LUV SL Negombo in Negombo, about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, walk around Beddegana Wetland Park, stop by ODEL, and enjoy the sand and surf at Mount Lavinia Beach.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo online road trip planner.

Houston, USA to Colombo is an approximately 29-hour flight. Traveling from Houston to Colombo, you'll lose 11.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in October, Colombo is somewhat warmer at night with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Negombo, Kalutara Beach, Beddegana Wetland Park
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Colombo National Museum ©
Colombo National Museum

5
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Head to Lihiniya Gems and Dara Gems & Jewelleryfor some retail therapy. Visit Jungle Beach and Bentota Beach for some beach relaxation. Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort and look for gifts at Embark.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Galle road trip planning website.

You can drive from Colombo to Galle in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Galle are °F, while nighttime lows are °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Shopping Parks

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Dara Gems & Jewellery, Jungle Beach, Bentota Beach
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

2
nights
Sigiriya

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stop by Karu Arts & Crafts, explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla, and then delve into the distant past at Sigiriya. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Galle to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Karu Arts & Crafts
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Karu Arts & Crafts ©
Karu Arts & Crafts

3
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.
For shopping fun, head to Kandy City Center or Jayamali Batiks Studio. Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and Raja Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Kandy to go to Pinnawala and see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, don't miss a visit to Galmaduwa temple kandy, and stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip builder app.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Highlights from your plan
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

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