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.
Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Polonnaruwa, then contemplate the long history of Ritigala Forest Monastery, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Habarana travel itinerary planner.

Colombo to Habarana is an approximately 2-hour train ride. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) 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.
On the 27th (Mon), Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla and then make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya online journey maker.

Sigiriya is very close to Habarana. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can 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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Pinnawala trip builder app.

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. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in February, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
On the 28th (Tue), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Pitawala Pathana.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Kandy trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Pinnawala to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can drive 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.
For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Nuwara Eliya route planner.

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Ella on the 3rd (Fri).

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock and then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge. On the 4th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ella road trip website.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time 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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): stroll through Udawalawe National Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Udawalawe National Park trip planner.

Drive from Ella to Udawalawe National Park in 2.5 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to 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.
Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Okanda Devalaya and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Yala National Park trip itinerary planning website.

Drive from Udawalawe National Park to Yala National Park in 2 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): take a tour by water with Bandula Surfing School.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Tangalle trip itinerary maker tool.

Drive from Yala National Park to Tangalle in 2 hours. In March, daytime highs in Tangalle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to 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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): get a new perspective on things with Weligama Surf Tours.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Matara day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Tangalle to Matara in an hour. In March in Matara, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 26°C at night. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.
Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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

Mirissa is just a short distance from Matara. In March, daytime highs in Mirissa are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive 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.
On the 12th (Sun), stop by Cara Jewellers, then see some colorful creatures with Unawatuna Diving Centre, then contemplate the long history of Galle Fort Clock Tower, and finally steep yourself in history at Galle Fort.

To find more things to do, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle trip itinerary app.

Getting from Mirissa to Galle by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train. In March, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. On the 13th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can 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.