18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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
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.
Colombo is known for historic sites, shopping, parks, wildlife, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Gangaramaya (Vihara) Buddhist Temple, walk around Galle Face Green, take in the exciting artwork at Ganeshism Studio Gallery, and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Colombo visit planning app .

Vienna, Austria to Colombo is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to India Standard Time is 4 hours. 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 Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Negombo Beach
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Safaris
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage (in Pinnawala) and Bambaragala Viharaya (in Teldeniya). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, look for all kinds of wild species at Knuckles Forest Reserve, contemplate the waterfront views at Kandy Lake, and stroll through Royal Botanical Gardens.

Make your Kandy itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trips

Royal Botanical Gardens, Bambaragala Viharaya, Knuckles Forest Reserve, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
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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

3
nights
Galle

The southernmost city on the island, Galle combines colonial-era history with a tropical feel and climate.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Galle: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Mirissa), Kowilawatta Temple (in Balapitiya) and Bentota Beach (in Bentota). Next up on the itinerary: steep yourself in history at Galle Fort, stop by Lak Gems & Jewellery, look for all kinds of wild species at Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Jungle Beach.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read our Galle trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Kandy to Galle takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In July in Galle, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 31°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Ella.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Unawatuna, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Bentota Beach, Kowilawatta Temple
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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). There's lots more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the natural beauty at Honey Bee Garden, snap pictures at Demodara Nine Arch Bridge, and get a new perspective on nature at R. M. S Antique And Brassware.

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

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Ella in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Ella can reach 39°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Arugam Bay.

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

2
nights
Arugam Bay

Arugam Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): head outdoors with Whisky Point, Sri Lanka, then enjoy the sea views from Sangaman Kanda Lighthouse, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally explore the activities along Arugam Bay. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Wed): 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.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Arugam Bay trip itinerary maker website .

Getting from Ella to Arugam Bay by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 39°C in August, and nighttime lows around 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can travel to Sigiriya.

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
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 Head underground at Golden Temple of Dambulla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Pidurangala Rock and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Sigiriya online holiday maker .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Arugam Bay to Sigiriya in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

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

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