18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Colombo
— 1 night
2
Kandy
— 2 nights
3
Sigiriya
— 1 night
4
Polonnaruwa
— 2 nights
5
Batticaloa
— 1 night
6
Arugam Bay
— 3 nights
7
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
8
Ella
— 2 nights
9
Nuwara Eliya
— 1 night
10
Colombo
— Few hours

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 contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Colombo trip planner.

London, UK to Colombo is an approximately 15-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to India Standard Time is 5.5 hours. While traveling from London, expect somewhat warmer days and much warmer nights in Colombo, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. On the 28th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites Parks
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
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.
Kick off your visit 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. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Bahiravokanda Vihara Buddha Statue, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, thenstroll the grounds of Kandy Garrison Cemetery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy day trip planning tool.

Getting from Colombo to Kandy by combination of taxi and train takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Royal Botanical Gardens
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock, delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, and then examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car 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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Polonnaruwa, explore the ancient world of Polonnaruwa Vatadage, thenexplore the ancient world of Siva Devalaya (No 1), thenappreciate the history behind Gal Vihara, and finally steep yourself in history at Lankathilaka Image House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Polonnaruwa driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa takes 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Batticaloa.

Things to do in Polonnaruwa

Historic Sites
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Polonnaruwa ©
Polonnaruwa
Gal Vihara ©
Gal Vihara
Lankathilaka Image House ©
Lankathilaka Image House

1
night
Batticaloa

Batticaloa ©
Batticaloa is a major city in the Eastern Province, Sri Lanka, and its former capital. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): visit a coastal fixture at Batticaloa Lighthouse, don't miss a visit to Batticaloa Gate, steep yourself in history at Batticaloa Fort, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Mary's Cathedral, thensnap pictures at Kallady Bridge, and finally kick back and relax at Kallady Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Batticaloa road trip planner.

You can drive from Polonnaruwa to Batticaloa in 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 Beaches Outdoors
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Batticaloa Fort ©
Batticaloa Fort
Batticaloa Gate ©
Batticaloa Gate
Kallady Beach ©
Kallady Beach

3
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Change things up with a short trip to Kumana National Park in Ampara (about 1h 10 min away).

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Batticaloa to Arugam Bay takes 3 hours. On the 6th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
On your second day here, take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Yala National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Arugam Bay to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Yala National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive 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
Buduruwagala ©
Buduruwagala
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 9th (Mon): admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, thentake in the dramatic natural features at Ella Rock, and then snap pictures at Nine Arches Bridge.

Find out how to plan Ella trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Nuwara Eliya.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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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.
For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Nuwara Eliya road trip website.

You can drive from Ella to Nuwara Eliya in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive 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
To find photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Colombo day trip planning site.

Drive from Nuwara Eliya to Colombo in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. On the 11th (Wed), you're off to home.

Things to do in Colombo

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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