18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  13​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
train:  5​h
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Kandy
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Nuwara Eliya
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Tissamaharama
— 1 night
bus:  2​h 45​min
7
Mirissa
— 3 nights
train:  30​min
8
Unawatuna
— 2 nights
Fly:  1​h
9
Negombo
— 1 night
Fly:  12​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
For other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Colombo trip planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Colombo. Traveling from London in November, things will get much hotter in Colombo: highs are around 36°C and lows about 28°C. You will leave for Sigiriya on the 9th (Sat).

Things to do in Colombo

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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.
For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sigiriya online trip planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colombo to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. You'll set off for Kandy on the 11th (Mon).

Things to do in Sigiriya

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
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Kandy

Kandy
Nestled between mountains in inland Sri Lanka, Kandy proudly bears its World Heritage Site designation while remaining culturally independent and colorfully picturesque.
To see where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Kandy trip planner .

Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy in 3 hours. On the 12th (Tue), you'll travel to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Kandy

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Nuwara Eliya

Nuwara Eliya ©
Sitting high up in the hills, the green and pleasant Nuwara Eliya offers both a rich history and proximity to pristine natural areas.
On the 12th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Horton Plains National Park, explore the activities along Kande-ela Reservoir, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Sita Temple, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Nuwara Eliya and Tea Country. On the 13th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Gregory Lake, make a trip to Pedro Tea Factory , then stroll around Victoria Park of Nuwara Eliya, and finally experience rural life at Bluefield Tea Gardens.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Nuwara Eliya travel route builder website .

Drive from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park
Gregory Lake ©
Gregory Lake
Sita Temple ©
Sita Temple

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nights
Ella

Ella ©
The relaxing hilltop village of Ella benefits from a more temperate climate than much of the rest of country thanks to its high elevation.
Take a break from Ella with a short trip to Lipton’s Seat in Haputale, about 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, indulge in your favorite hot beverage with a coffee and tea tour, and don't miss a visit to Demodara Loop.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Ella using our trip planner.

You can drive from Nuwara Eliya to Ella in 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Lipton’s Seat
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge

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Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Tissamaharama sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 2 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Tissamaharama can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 27°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mirissa.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bundala National Park
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Bundala National Park ©
Bundala National Park
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara ©
Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
Step out of Mirissa with an excursion to Nandana Tea Factory in Akuressa--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and stop by Dress Palace.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mirissa online visit planner .

You can take a bus from Tissamaharama to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can catch the train to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Matara, Nandana Tea Factory
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Nandana Tea Factory ©
Nandana Tea Factory
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach

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nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
On the 22nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Japanese Peace Pagoda, then kick back and relax at Jungle Beach, then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, and finally look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Unawatuna online day trip planner .

Unawatuna is just a short distance from Mirissa. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in November, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Negombo.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Scuba & Snorkeling

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Negombo

Negombo ©
Located close to the international airport, Negombo has a reputation for being either the first or last taste of the country for visitors.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Negombo Beach and then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Church.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Negombo trip itinerary maker site .

Fly from Unawatuna to Negombo in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. November in Negombo sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 27°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Negombo

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach

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