18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Colombo
— 1 night
2
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
3
Kandy
— 2 nights
4
Ella
— 3 nights
5
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
6
Mirissa
— 2 nights
7
Unawatuna
— 1 night
8
Galle
— 1 night
9
Hikkaduwa
— 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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo road trip site.

Birmingham, UK to Colombo is an approximately 16-hour combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Colombo is 5.5 hours. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Birmingham in February, with highs in Colombo at 37°C and lows at 27°C. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Colombo

Historic Sites
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Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple ©
Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): stroll through Golden Temple of Dambulla. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, explore the ancient world of Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and finally make a trip to Ibbankatuwa Megalithic Tombs.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya sightseeing planning app.

Drive from Colombo to Sigiriya in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Kandy.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dambulla, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, explore the different monuments and memorials at Kandy Garrison Cemetery, then contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and finally make a trip to Kandy view point.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Kandy travel planner.

Traveling by car from Sigiriya to Kandy takes 3 hours. On the 26th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Kandy

Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

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

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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 27th (Thu), explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, then admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, and then look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware. Keep things going the next day: take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, then take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, then take in the awesome beauty at Little Adam's Peak, and finally stop by Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ella online visit planner.

Drive from Kandy to Ella in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Ella

Parks · Nature · Tours
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge

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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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park trip planner.

Getting from Ella to Yala National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: fly. In February, plan for daily highs up to 37°C, and evening lows to 26°C. On the 2nd (Mon), you're off to Mirissa.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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Mirissa

Mirissa ©
The fishing town of Mirissa has developed into a notable tourist destination.
On the 2nd (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Matara Paravi Duwa Temple. On the next day, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Mirissa Beach.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Mirissa travel planner.

You can drive from Yala National Park to Mirissa in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. In March, daily temperatures in Mirissa can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can drive to Unawatuna.

Things to do in Mirissa

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Matara Paravi Duwa Temple
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Mirissa Beach ©
Mirissa Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Spas

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): kick back and relax at Jungle Beach and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Unawatuna itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Mirissa to Unawatuna takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In March in Unawatuna, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 29°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Galle.

Things to do in Unawatuna

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

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Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): stroll through Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Galle driving holiday planner.

Galle is just a short distance from Unawatuna. In March, daytime highs in Galle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling to Hikkaduwa.

Things to do in Galle

Wildlife · Parks · Shopping
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Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara ©
Sea Turtle Farm Galle Mahamodara
Cara Jewellers ©
Cara Jewellers

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Hikkaduwa

Hikkaduwa ©
One of the most scenic beach resorts in Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa features a number of long white sand beaches with palm trees and gentle waves.
On the 6th (Fri), examine the collection at Community Tsunami Museum, then stroll through Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Hikkaduwa Beach.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Hikkaduwa road trip planning app.

Getting from Galle to Hikkaduwa by car takes about an hour. March in Hikkaduwa sees daily highs of 38°C and lows of 29°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Colombo.

Things to do in Hikkaduwa

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trip

Bentota
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Hikkaduwa Beach ©
Hikkaduwa Beach
Bentota Beach ©
Bentota Beach
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa ©
Turtle Hatchery Hikkaduwa

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hours
Colombo

Colombo
For ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Colombo route maker.

Getting from Hikkaduwa to Colombo by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and train; or do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll set off for home on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Colombo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife
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