18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: London
+2
Fly + taxi + train:  16​h 30​min
1
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  3​h 30​min
2
Ella
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tissamaharama
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  1​h 30​min
4
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Sigiriya
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: London

3
nights
Galle

Galle ©
The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Hikkaduwa Beach (in Hikkaduwa). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stop by Embark, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, and pause for some serene contemplation at Dutch Reformed Church.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Galle online trip planner .

London, UK to Galle is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of flight and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from London to Galle. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

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

4
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ella: Horton Plains National Park (in Ohiya) and Nuwara Eliya (Horton Plains National Park, Gregory Lake, & more). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the dramatic scenery at Ravana Ella Falls, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and make a trip to Demodara Nine Arch Bridge.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ella tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Galle to Ella takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Tissamaharama.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Nuwara Eliya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge ©
Demodara Nine Arch Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Tissamaharama

Tissamaharama ©
Tourism in Tissamaharama revolves around the town's vast historic and cultural heritage, with the surroundings of scenic paddy fields adding to the ambiance.
Explore Tissamaharama's surroundings by going to Udawalawe National Park (in Uda Walawe National Park) and Kataragama Temple (in Kataragama). Spend the 12th (Fri) exploring nature at Yala National Park. Next up on the itinerary: see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour and don't miss a visit to Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tissamaharama trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ella to Tissamaharama takes 1.5 hours. In January, daytime highs in Tissamaharama are 36°C, while nighttime lows are 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Tissamaharama

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Uda Walawe National Park, Yala National Park, Kataragama Temple
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Uda Walawe National Park ©
Uda Walawe National Park
Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Safaris

4
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.
Step out of Kandy with an excursion to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala--about 1h 15 min away. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, make a trip to Kandy view point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Alagalla Mountain Range, and take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Kandy trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Tissamaharama to Kandy takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

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

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): explore the fascinating underground world of The Golden Temple, then stop by Lanka Silks, then don't miss a visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site, and finally pick up a one of a kind souvenir at sigiri art gallery.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip planner .

Traveling by car from Kandy to Sigiriya takes 2 hours. On the 18th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Golden Temple of Dambulla
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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