18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Start: Vienna
Fly:  15 h 45 min
1
Kandy
— 1 night
Fly:  2 h
2
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Rekawa
— 2 nights
Drive:  7 h 15 min
4
Kalkudah
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Nilaveli
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Anuradhapura
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
7
Habarana
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  18 h
End: Vienna

1
night
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 13th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, stroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, thenpause for some photo ops at Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, and finally stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Udawattekele Sanctuary, thentake your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hanthana Mountain Range, and then don't miss a visit to Kandy view point.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip tool.

Vienna, Austria to Kandy is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vienna to Kandy, you'll lose 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Historic Sites Wildlife
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
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On your second day here, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, thenstroll through Jungle Beach, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Unawatuna trip planner.

Fly from Kandy to Unawatuna in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. December in Unawatuna sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 28°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Rekawa.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Mirissa
Highlights from your plan
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

2
nights
Rekawa

Rekawa ©
A small town with a laidback vibe squeezed between the ocean and the shores of a rich lagoon surrounded by mangroves, Rekawa draws visitors throughout the year with a pioneering turtle conservation project, the most notable tourist attraction in Rekawa.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): kick back and relax at Kahandamodara Beach, explore the ancient world of Mulgirigala Raja Maha Vihara, thenenjoy the sand and surf at Amanwella Silent Beach, and finally make a trip to Dondra Head Lighthouse. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): stroll through Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa), enjoy the sand and surf at Medilla Beach, and then explore the activities along Tangalle Lagoon.

For where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Rekawa travel site.

Traveling by car from Unawatuna to Rekawa takes 2 hours. In December, daytime highs in Rekawa are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel to Kalkudah.

Things to do in Rekawa

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tangalle, Dondra Head Lighthouse, Kahandamodara Beach
Highlights from your plan
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa) ©
Goyambokka Beach (Sriyanga Sanjeewa)
Tangalle Lagoon ©
Tangalle Lagoon
Kahandamodara Beach ©
Kahandamodara Beach

1
day
Kalkudah

Kalkudah ©
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): kick back and relax at Passikudah Beach.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Kalkudah itinerary website.

Drive from Rekawa to Kalkudah in 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Nilaveli.

Things to do in Kalkudah

Parks Outdoors Beaches
Highlights from your plan
Passikudah Beach ©
Passikudah Beach

2
nights
Nilaveli

Nilaveli ©
The coastal resort town of Nilaveli draws visitors with its beaches, dive spots, and seaside hotels.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): stroll through Nilaveli Beach, thenexplore the different monuments and memorials at Trincomalee War Cemetery, thenkick back and relax at Uppuveli, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Marble Beach, take in the spiritual surroundings of Koneswaram Temple, and then stroll through Trincomalee Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nilaveli visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kalkudah to Nilaveli takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can drive to Anuradhapura.

Things to do in Nilaveli

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Trincomalee
Highlights from your plan
Nilaveli Beach ©
Nilaveli Beach
Trincomalee War Cemetery ©
Trincomalee War Cemetery
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple ©
Sri Pathrakali Amman Temple

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Isurumuniya Temple and Sakwala Chakraya (Star Gate). Get outdoors at Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) and Eth Pokuna. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi, delve into the distant past at Ranmasu Uyana, don't miss a visit to Mirisaveti Stupa, and pause for some photo ops at Short Handed Statue.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Anuradhapura travel route planning tool.

Drive from Nilaveli to Anuradhapura in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Habarana.

Things to do in Anuradhapura

Historic Sites Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi ©
Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna) ©
Twin Baths (Kuttam Pokuna)
Ranmasu Uyana ©
Ranmasu Uyana

5
nights
Habarana

Habarana ©
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa Vatadage will appeal to history buffs. Kids will enjoy Minneriya National Park and Gal Vihara. Go for a jaunt from Habarana to Dambulla to see Golden Temple of Dambulla about 54 minutes away. Spend the 25th (Tue) exploring nature at Kaudulla National Park. There's still lots to do: stroll through Hurulu Eco Park.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Habarana holiday builder tool.

You can drive from Anuradhapura to Habarana in 1.5 hours. You'll set off for home on the 29th (Sat).

Things to do in Habarana

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Polonnaruwa, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Minneriya National Park, Sigiriya
Highlights from your plan
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Minneriya National Park ©
Minneriya National Park

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