18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka Trip Planner

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Habarana
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive
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Pinnawala
Drive
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Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive
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Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Drive
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Ella
— 2 nights
Drive
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Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tangalle
— 1 night
Drive
10
Matara
Drive
11
Mirissa
— 3 nights
Drive
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Galle
— 1 night
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Habarana

— 2 nights
Although lacking in sights of its own, tourism in Habarana flourishes due to its proximity to cultural and natural attractions.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Polonnaruwa as well as Ritigala Forest Monastery. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, then steep yourself in history at Ritigala Forest Monastery, and then explore the striking landscape of Minneriya National Park.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Habarana trip itinerary site.

Colombo to Habarana is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Habarana

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Sigiriya

— 1 night
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.
You've now added Pidurangala Rock to your itinerary. On the 26th (Sun), explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Sigiriya online trip planner.

Sigiriya is very close to Habarana. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Pinnawala

The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
You've now added Elephant Freedom Project to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Elephant Freedom Project.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pinnawala travel planning tool.

You can drive from Sigiriya to Pinnawala in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and flight. In February in Pinnawala, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Kandy

— 2 nights
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Pitawala Pathana as well as Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then explore the activities along Kandy Lake. On the 28th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Pitawala Pathana.

To find photos and tourist information, read Kandy trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites · Nature

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.
Devon Falls has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): explore the activities along Gregory Lake, then stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and then admire the sheer force of Devon Falls.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya trip tool.

Getting from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Parks · Nature

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. On the 2nd (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Ella day trip planner.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Nature · Parks

Udawalawe National Park

— 1 night
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Udawalawe National Park visit planning website.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Udawalawe National Park are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife · Parks · Nature

Yala National Park

— 2 nights
One of the most popular national parks in the country, Yala National Park boasts a wide variety of animals, and does important work in conserving and growing populations.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Okanda Devalaya and then take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip maker tool.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tangalle.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours

Tangalle

— 1 night
One of the larger towns in the south of the island nation, Tangalle consists of a pleasant urban area and a wealth of natural landscape surrounding it.
Bandula Surfing School has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): see Bandula Surfing School.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tangalle online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Tangalle takes 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Matara.

Things to do in Tangalle

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Matara

Mathota

A commercial capital in the south, Matara offers a real taste of Sri Lanka, which the southern coast's beach resorts often lack.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Weligama Surf Tours. On the 8th (Wed), head outdoors with Weligama Surf Tours.

To find maps and other tourist information, read Matara tour builder site.

Traveling by car from Tangalle to Matara takes an hour. In March in Matara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mirissa.

Things to do in Matara

Adventure · Outdoors · Tours

Mirissa

— 3 nights
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Thu): get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

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

Mirissa is just a stone's throw from Matara. In March, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Beaches

Galle

— 1 night
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Unawatuna Diving Centre. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sat): stop by Cara Jewellers, then take a tour by water with Unawatuna Diving Centre, then don't miss a visit to Galle Fort Clock Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Galle trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mirissa to Galle in an hour. Another option is to take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 12th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Galle

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

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.