18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Vienna
Fly:  12 h 45 min
1
Colombo
— 2 nights
Fly:  1 h
2
Kandy
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  3 h 30 min
4
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Arugam Bay
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  3 h 45 min
6
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  14 h 45 min
End: Vienna

2
nights
Colombo

The commercial capital of the country, Colombo has added modern touches to its colonial-era core, creating an exciting and eclectic coastal city.
When in Colombo, make a side trip to see Negombo Beach in Negombo, approximately Negombo away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, take an in-depth tour of Colombo National Museum, walk around Galle Face Green, and don't miss a visit to Kelaniya Raja Maha Vihara.

To find maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo trip maker website.

Vienna, Austria to Colombo is an approximately 14.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. You'll lose 4.5 hours traveling from Vienna to Colombo due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Vienna in July; daily highs in Colombo reach 37°C and lows reach 31°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Colombo

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore Kandy's surroundings by going to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, explore the activities along Kandy Lake, and admire the natural beauty at Royal Botanical Gardens.

To find reviews and other tourist information, go to the Kandy trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Colombo to Kandy takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Bambaragala Viharaya, 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
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
Explore Galle's surroundings by going to Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, enjoy the sand and surf at Jungle Beach, take a peaceful walk through Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Galle travel route planner.

Getting from Kandy to Galle by combination of flight and taxi takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July, daily temperatures in Galle can reach 37°C, while at night they dip to 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Ella: Nuwara Eliya (Bomburuella Waterfall, Mohini falls, &more). And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, take in the views from Nine Arches Bridge, explore the striking landscape at Ella Rock, and stop by R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip planner.

Getting from Galle to Ella by combination of flight and taxi takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Ella are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Arugam Bay.

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
On the 6th (Tue), head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally kick back and relax at Arugam Bay. On the 7th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Rice & Carry Bags Shop, then make a trip to Muhudu Maha Vihara, then steep yourself in history at Sangamankandy Pilliyar Kovil, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kudumbigala Monastery.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Arugam Bay tour itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ella to Arugam Bay in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Arugam Bay can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sigiriya.

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
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, then take in the exciting artwork at Pethikada, and then explore the fascinating underground world of Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sigiriya holiday planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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