18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Nagpur
Fly + Drive:  16​h 30​min
1
Sigiriya
— 2 nights
Fly:  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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla), Gal Vihara (in Polonnaruwa) and Avukana Buddha Statue (in Kekirawa). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Sigiriya, browse the exhibits of Pethikada, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park, and look for all kinds of wild species at Dhilip De Alwis.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Sigiriya itinerary maker .

Nagpur, India to Sigiriya is an approximately 16.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Yala National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Yala National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can fly from Sigiriya to Yala National Park in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July in Yala National Park, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 30°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to travel to Arugam Bay.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): get outside with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then visit a coastal fixture at Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Here are some ideas for day two: stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then delve into the distant past at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Kudumbigala Monastery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay itinerary planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Yala National Park to Arugam Bay. July in Arugam Bay sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 30°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Ella.

Things to do in Arugam Bay

Outdoors Historic Sites Shopping
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Arugam Bay ©
Arugam Bay
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse ©
Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse
Muhudu Maha Vihara ©
Muhudu Maha Vihara

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). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mahamevnawa Buddhist Monastery Bandarawela, look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry, and explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ella attractions website .

You can drive from Arugam Bay to Ella in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 30°C. Finish 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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Honey Bee Garden ©
Honey Bee Garden
Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Get out of town with these interesting Galle side-trips: Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, look for gifts at Lak Gems & Jewellery, delve into the lush surroundings at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Galle day trip site .

Do a combination of taxi and flight from Ella to Galle in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. July in Galle sees daily highs of 37°C and lows of 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Kowilawatta Temple, Bentota Beach
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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 Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, soar above the sights with a balloon tour, don't miss a visit to Kandy view point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Kandy sightseeing planner .

Getting from Galle to Kandy by combination of taxi and flight takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Cap off 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, Royal Botanical Gardens, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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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