18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Sri Lanka trip itinerary maker

This plan was created by another user. Make it your plan

Route & dates

Start: Singapore
Fly + Taxi:  10 h 15 min
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 15 min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 30 min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  2 h 15 min
7
Colombo
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Singapore

3
nights
Unawatuna

Unawatuna ©
Palm-fringed beaches with golden sand, turquoise water, and a colorful coral reef are enough to draw any beachgoer to Unawatuna, but there's plenty to do off the beach here as well.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Unawatuna: Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, make a trip to Japanese Peace Pagoda, and look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Unawatuna day trip planning tool.

Singapore, Singapore to Unawatuna is an approximately 6.5- hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or fly. The time zone changes from Singapore Standard Time (SGT) to India Standard Time (IST), which is usually a -2.5 hour difference. In December, daily temperatures in Unawatuna can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Galle Fort, Hikkaduwa Beach
Find places to stay Dec 13 — 16:
Highlights from your plan
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching

3
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.
Change things up with a short trip to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala (about 1h 20 min away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, stroll the grounds of Kandy War Cemetery, examine the collection at Ceylon Tea Museum, and contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Kandy travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Unawatuna to Kandy by combination of flight and taxi takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
Find places to stay Dec 16 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic ©
Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
Royal Botanical Gardens ©
Royal Botanical Gardens
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kataragama Temple and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Yala National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Yala National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Yala National Park are 35°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Kataragama
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 21:
Highlights from your plan
Safaris
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
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.
On the 22nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, don't miss a visit to Nine Arches Bridge, and then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally admire the natural beauty at Ella Spice Garden.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ella trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Ella in 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes
Find places to stay Dec 21 — 23:
Highlights from your plan
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

1
night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 24th (Tue), explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Udawalawe National Park trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Ella to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Wildlife Nature Parks
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 24:

3
nights
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.
Step out of Sigiriya with an excursion to Golden Temple of Dambulla in Dambulla--about 54 minutes away. There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour, and examine the collection at Sigiriya Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Sigiriya online trip planner.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Sigiriya by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Wildlife Historic Sites Tours

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis
Find places to stay Dec 24 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

3
nights
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.
Go for a jaunt from Colombo to Negombo to see Negombo Beach about 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Colombo trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Colombo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. On the 30th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 30:
Highlights from your plan
Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

Similar Plans

20 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA October, kids, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: October, kids, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 27 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 50 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 4 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: October, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 60 days in Asia, South Pacific, United States & Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 14 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: September, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 11 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM POLAND November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Fast-paced 11 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ROMANIA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 22 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, kids, popular sights Preferences: December, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 15 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: April, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 10 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM ESTONIA November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 6 days in Sri Lanka BY A USER FROM INDIA December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: December, culture, relaxing, beaches, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy
See more plans