18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Singapore
Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Unawatuna
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  1​h 15​min
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly:  1​h 30​min
3
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ella
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Uda Walawe 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 ©
Explore Unawatuna's surroundings by going to Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa) and Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching).

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

Singapore, Singapore to Unawatuna is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Singapore to Unawatuna, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Mirissa, Hikkaduwa Beach, Galle Fort
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Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort

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.
When in Kandy, make a side trip to see Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala, approximately 1h 15 min away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, look for gifts at Prema Brothers, and explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery.

For other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip builder site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Unawatuna to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve, 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Kataragama Temple and then explore the striking landscape of Yala National Park. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Yala National Park planner .

You can fly from Kandy to Yala National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in December, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Kataragama
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris
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, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak. On the 23rd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then learn more about the world around you at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Ella Spice Garden.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Ella online trip builder .

Explore your travel options from Yala National Park to Ella with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Uda Walawe National Park.

Things to do in Ella

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

1
night
Uda Walawe National Park

Uda Walawe 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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): explore the striking landscape of Udawalawe National Park.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Uda Walawe National Park itinerary tool .

Getting from Ella to Uda Walawe National Park by car takes about 2.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 35°C, and evening lows to 26°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Uda Walawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park

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.
Go for a jaunt from Sigiriya to Dambulla to see Golden Temple of Dambulla about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Sigiriya, take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, admire the natural beauty at Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden, and see the interesting displays at Sigiriya Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sigiriya road trip website .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Uda Walawe National Park to Sigiriya takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colombo.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Dhilip De Alwis, Luck Uyana Herbal Medecines Garden
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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.
Take a break from Colombo with a short trip to Negombo Beach in Negombo, about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, appreciate the history behind Independence Memorial Hall, kick back and relax at Mount Lavinia Beach, and take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Colombo online visit planner .

Getting from Sigiriya to Colombo by combination of taxi and flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in December, and nighttime lows around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colombo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Negombo Beach ©
Negombo Beach
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Galle Face Green ©
Galle Face Green

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