18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Nagpur
Fly + Drive:  16 h 30 min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
2
Yala National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 30 min
5
Galle
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  1 h
6
Kandy
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h
End: Nagpur

2
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa) and Gal Vihara (in Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, tour the pleasant surroundings at Dhilip De Alwis, view the masterpieces at Pethikada, and make a trip to Pidurangala Rock.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Sigiriya trip maker website.

Nagpur, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 14.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dhilip De Alwis, Minneriya National Park, Golden Temple of Dambulla, Avukana Buddha Statue, Gal Vihara
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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.
On the 13th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Yala National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Sigiriya to Yala National Park in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 39°C, and evening lows to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 15th (Mon), head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Rice & Carry Bags Shop, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

Before you visit Arugam Bay, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Traveling by car from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay takes 4.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Spas
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse

3
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.
Explore Ella's surroundings by going to Nuwara Eliya (Swarnagiri Maha Viharaya, Kolapathana Falls, &more). There's still lots to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, look for gifts at R. M. S Antique And Brassware, and savor the flavors at Honey Bee Garden.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ella trip maker app.

Drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in July, and nighttime lows around 30°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Change things up with these side-trips from Galle: Bentota Beach (in Bentota), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, and stroll through Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Galle online trip builder.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple, Dolphin & Whale Watching
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Sinharaja Forest Reserve ©
Sinharaja Forest Reserve

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Kandy: Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya) and Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and explore the activities along Kandy Lake.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Kandy sightseeing planning app.

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Galle to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Bambaragala Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, 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
Kandy Lake ©
Kandy Lake

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