18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

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18 days in Sri Lanka Itinerary

Start: Hambantota
Drive:  1 h 30 min
1
Yala National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  1 h 30 min
2
Kandy
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h
3
Galle
— 4 nights
Fly + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
4
Pinnawala
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Sigiriya
— 3 nights
Fly + Taxi:  2 h 15 min
6
Udawalawe National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
7
Ella
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
End: Hambantota

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Okanda Devalaya. On the 12th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Kiri Vehera and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Yala National Park.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Yala National Park tour builder app.

Hambantota to Yala National Park is an approximately 1.5- hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in March, and nighttime lows around 26°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel to Kandy.

Things to do in Yala National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kiri Vehera
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Yala National Park ©
Yala National Park
Okanda Devalaya ©
Okanda Devalaya
Kiri Vehera ©
Kiri Vehera

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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Kandy: Ramboda Waterfall (in Pussellawa), Hunnasgiriya Water Fall (in Matale) and Bluefield Tea Gardens (in Nuwara Eliya). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, tour the pleasant surroundings at Knuckles Forest Reserve, examine the collection at World Buddhist Museum, and stop by Earth Bound Creations Showroom.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Kandy trip app.

Fly from Yala National Park to Kandy in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus and train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Galle.

Things to do in Kandy

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Peradeniya, Bluefield Tea Gardens, Ramboda Waterfall, Hunnasgiriya Water Fall, Knuckles Forest Reserve
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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

4
nights
Galle

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: Mirissa (Mirissa Beach & Dolphin & Whale Watching), Bentota Beach (in Bentota) and Hikkaduwa (Community Tsunami Museum & Hikkaduwa Beach). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Galle Fort, stroll around Galle Face Green, savor the flavors at Cashew Sales Centre, and kick back and relax at Jungle Beach.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Galle vacation planning site.

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 March, daytime highs in Galle are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pinnawala.

Things to do in Galle

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Colombo, Mirissa, Unawatuna, Hikkaduwa, Koggala Sea Turtle Farm & Hatchery
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Galle Fort ©
Galle Fort
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jungle Beach ©
Jungle Beach

1
night
Pinnawala

Pinnawala ©
The main attraction in Pinnawala is undoubtedly its elephant orphanage.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sat): stroll through Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Elephant Freedom Project.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pinnawala itinerary planning site.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Galle to Pinnawala in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 38°C, and evening lows to 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sigiriya.

Things to do in Pinnawala

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Elephant Freedom Project
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Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage ©
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
Elephant Freedom Project ©
Elephant Freedom Project

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sigiriya: Golden Temple of Dambulla (in Dambulla) and Polonnaruwa (Gal Vihara & Polonnaruwa). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Sigiriya, make a trip to Pidurangala Rock, and explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minneriya National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sigiriya online visit planner.

You can drive from Pinnawala to Sigiriya in 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Udawalawe National Park.

Things to do in Sigiriya

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya National Park
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Sigiriya ©
Sigiriya
Golden Temple of Dambulla ©
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Pidurangala Rock ©
Pidurangala Rock

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night
Udawalawe National Park

Udawalawe National Park ©
One of the primary nature reserves in the country, Uda Walawe National Park provides vital habitat for a herd of Sri Lankan elephants.
On the 25th (Wed), stroll through Elephant Transit Home (ETH) and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Udawalawe National Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Udawalawe National Park trip maker tool.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Sigiriya to Udawalawe National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or drive. In March, daily temperatures in Udawalawe National Park can reach 38°C, while at night they dip to 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ella.

Things to do in Udawalawe National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Elephant Transit Home (ETH) ©
Elephant Transit Home (ETH)

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 the numerous day-trip ideas around Ella: Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya (in Wellawaya) and Nuwara Eliya (Hakgala Botanic Gardens & Kolapathana Falls). Next up on the itinerary: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Little Adam's Peak, admire the sheer force of Ravana Ella Falls, take in nature's colorful creations at Honey Bee Garden, and look for gifts at Ella Gem & Jewelry.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ella trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Udawalawe National Park to Ella by car takes about 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Ella

Parks Nature Classes

Side Trips

Nuwara Eliya, Rakkhiththa Kanda Aranya Senasanaya
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Little Adam's Peak ©
Little Adam's Peak
Nine Arches Bridge ©
Nine Arches Bridge
Ella Rock ©
Ella Rock

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