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:  11​h
1
Colombo
— 1 night
Taxi + Train:  1​h
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Batticaloa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
8
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  1​h 45​min
10
Colombo
— Few hours
Fly:  11​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.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Kathiresan Temple, stroll around Galle Face Green, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colombo day trip planning site .

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from London to Colombo, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. When traveling from London in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Colombo, with highs around 36°C, while nights are much hotter with lows around 30°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green
Independence Memorial Hall ©
Independence Memorial Hall

2
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.
On the 28th (Wed), admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, then explore the activities along Kandy Lake, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Kandy road trip planning tool .

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

1
night
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.
On the 31st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, and then see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Sigiriya trip planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can drive to Polonnaruwa.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Museums
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock
Sigiriya Museum ©
Sigiriya Museum

2
nights
Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa ©
Lying 216 km (134 mi) from Colombo, Polonnaruwa offers a rich history second in Sri Lanka only to Arunadhapura.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): make a trip to Polonnaruwa, delve into the distant past at Hetadage, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, explore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), then appreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and finally contemplate the long history of Lankathilaka Image House.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Polonnaruwa trip builder tool .

You can drive from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Batticaloa.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Polonnaruwa Vatadage ©
Polonnaruwa Vatadage

1
night
Batticaloa

Batticaloa ©
Batticaloa is a major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Batticaloa Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Batticaloa Gate, contemplate the long history of Batticaloa Fort, take in the spiritual surroundings of St. Mary's Cathedral, then take in the views from Kallady Bridge, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Kallady Beach.

Plan my trip to Batticaloa with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Polonnaruwa to Batticaloa by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Batticaloa

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches
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Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort
Batticaloa Gate ©
Batticaloa Gate
St. Mary's Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Cathedral

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
When in Arugam Bay, make a side trip to see Kumana National Park in Ampara, approximately 1h 05 min away.

Plan a trip to Arugam Bay easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.

Drive from Batticaloa to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Ampara
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Pottuvil Lagoon ©
Pottuvil Lagoon

2
nights
Yala National Park

Yala National Park ©
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.
Keep things going the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Yala National Park online attractions planner .

Explore your travel options from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park with the Route module. In September in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 28°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera
Kataragama Temple ©
Kataragama Temple

2
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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and then take in the views from Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Ella tour itinerary planning website .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arch Bridge ©
Nine Arch Bridge

1
night
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.
To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Nuwara Eliya route planning tool .

Getting from Ella to Nuwara Eliya by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Nuwara Eliya

Nature Parks Wildlife
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Horton Plains National Park ©
Horton Plains National Park

few
hours
Colombo

Colombo
On the 11th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Colombo driving holiday website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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